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Prayer in a Violent World

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Books

Brackley, Dean. The Call to Discernment in Troubled Times: New Perspectives on the Transformative Wisdom of Ignatius of Loyola. New York: Crossword, 2004.

Coakley, Sarah. God, Sexuality, and the Self. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2013. 

Cone, James. God of the Oppressed. New York: Seabury Press, 1975.

Day, Dorothy. The Long Loneliness. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1981.

Gutierrez, Gustavo. On Job: God-Talk and the Suffering of the Innocent. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1987.

Laird, Martin. Into the Silent Land: A Guide to the Christian Practice of Contemplation. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Metz, Johann Baptist  and Karl Rahner. The Courage to Pray. Trans. Sarah O'Brien Twohig. New York: Crossword, 1981.

Prevot, Andrew. Thinking Prayer: Theology and Spirituality Amid the Crises of Modernity. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2015.

Townes, Emilie. In a Blaze of Glory: Womanist Spirituality as Social Witness. Nashville: Abingdon Press. 1995.

Articles

Bade, Mary K., and Cook, Stephen W. 2008. “Functions of Christian Prayer in the Coping Process.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5906.2008.00396.x

Clanton, J. Caleb. "George Santayana and the Problem of Petitionary Prayer." American Journal of Theology & Philosophy 35, no. 2 (2014): 108-28. https://www-jstor-org.proxy.bc.edu/stable/10.5406/amerjtheophil.35.2.0108

Danaher, James. "Contemplative Prayer & the 21st Century." New Blackfriars, vol. 93 (1046), July 2012, 446-456.

Hanek, Kate J. et al. “Political Orientation and the Psychology of Christian Prayer: How Conservatives and Liberals Pray.” The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion 21, no. 1 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1080/10508619.2011.532445 

Robinette, Brian D. "The difference nothing makes: creatio ex nihilo, resurrection, and divine gratuity." Theological Studies, vol. 72, no. 3 (2011). 

Other

Egan, Timothy. “No More Thoughts and Prayers,” The New York Times, December 4, 2015.

Leibovich, Mark. “Do Politicians’ ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ Mean Anything?” The New York Times Magazine, October 13, 2015.

Willingham, AJ. “How 'thoughts and prayers' went from common condolence to cynical meme,” CNN, May 19, 2018.