Many Christian writers and thinkers take up the vexing issue of unanswered prayer and thereby use various rhetorical strategies to address the intersection of pertinent teaching about prayer, and the disjunctive, problematic life experiences concerning the experience of unanswered pray-er. Our investigation uses the ancient rhetorical genre of apologia as a lens to better understand the tactics and stances taken up by those who seek to guide members of faith communities toward reconciliation between perceived biblical teaching and actual life experiences concerning unan-swered prayer. Our study incorporates an analysis of both the formal and conceptual strategies utilized by rhetors who seek to repair, or account for, breaches in lived-faith and understood teaching by religious communities through investigation of representative contemporary rhetors who address prayer.
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Pierce, Dann L. Esq. and Lattin, Bohn D.
"Unanswered Prayers: A Study of Apologia for God in the Matter of Prayer,"
Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Journal: Vol. 40
, Article 5.
Available at: http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/ctamj/vol40/iss1/5