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A Mormon Process Theodicy

James McLachlan
Date of Presentation: 
April 18, 2016
Claremont School of Theology

Mormon conceptions of God are radically different from most traditional theists. Despite the common rhetoric in relation to God it is almost as meaningless to apply the standard formulations of the logical and evidential problems of evil to Mormonism as it is Buddhism. The problems confronting Mormons relating to the problem of evil and suffering are, like Buddhists and Process Theologians, different from those confronting most traditional Theists. This is not to say Mormon ideas of divinity have eliminated the problem of suffering but the problem has to be understood quite differently for Mormons. The problems that arise for Mormons have more to do with the possible eschatological triumph over evil and suffering than with whether or not God is responsible for it.


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