The Problem of Evil
“When the world is getting you down,
There’s nobody else to blame.
Raise a middle finger to the sky,
And curse his rotten name.”
The concerns that the villagers bring up could be summarized thus:
- God (if He exists) is responsible, at least in part, for the evil the villagers face
In the end, the villagers aren’t interested in getting to know a God who allows such great evil in their lives. And make no mistake, it is great evil. Death and disease, rape, child abuse, crushing poverty, brutal violence and warfare, all make their mark daily in the lives of these people.
The Problem of Evil is not a uniquely Mormon concern. It has been discussed for centuries by religious and non-religious alike.
I’ve covered The Problem of Evil in detail already on this blog in a three-part series, specifically focusing on the question of how Mormonism can answer the problem more sufficiently than mainstream Christianity can. Because of that, I will refer you to that series. You can find Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 here.