197: Theodicy of the Unbearable (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 24)

“Give Us Strength According to Our Faith … in Christ”


This lesson confronts us with hard, perhaps impossible questions. We read about a God who intervenes sometimes, but not others. Alma and Amulek are saved, but only after an extended time in prison. And the worst atrocity is not prevented at all–the murder of women and children. We are not equipped to handle the horrors that happen day to day, and yet we relentlessly seek some sense of meaning and stability. This final episode of Mormon Sunday School explores these difficult topics of God’s actions in light of agency.

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Theologizing in the Presence of Burning Children: From Theodicy to Lament, Jacob Baker

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  1. Rebecca says:

    Please consider reading this series on Alma 13. It’s one short blog post per verse. http://denversnuffer.com/2010/06/cite-your-minds-forward/


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