Journal of Communication & Religion
Nationwide statistical polling during the past 40 years have indicated that prayer is a frequent and important activity for a majority of Americans. Yet communication scholars have yet to theoretically consider the relationship between prayer and communication. This investigation compared and contrasted a particular type of prayer, Interpersonal Christ¦·n Prayer (ICP), with a particular type of communication context, Interpersonal Communication (IC). Results suggested that ICP and IC share common ground in their dyadic nature, intentionality, and in specific communication processes, and that they differ in the nature of the relational being one is communicating with, the locus of initial intent for the communication episode, and the empirical verifiability of particular communication processes. Finally, three concrete suggestions for ICP research were outlined.
Original Publication Citation
James Baesler, B. (1997). Interpersonal christian prayer and communication. Journal of Communication & Religion, 20(2), 5-13.
Baesler, E. James, "Interpersonal Christian Prayer and Communication" (1997). Communication & Theatre Arts Faculty Publications. 9.