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With God, No Tact is Needed: Robert Jenson on Prayer

"Mother and Child" Autumn de Forest

"Prayer should encompass the full range of personal addresses. None of the forms of address we use to each other need or should be omitted.. The difference is the other way around: in addressing me, you must always reckon with the partiality of my freedom. You must use tact, and omit some sorts of address you might use with someone else—perhaps I don't like to be asked for favors. With God, no tact is needed."

Robert W. Jenson, "Some Platitudes about Prayer," Dialog 9 (Winter 1970), p. 64.


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