Exploring Mormon Thought is a weekly podcast that features discussions about Mormon Doctrine and Theology that correlate with topics in the books series of the same name written by scholar and theologian Blake Ostler
098-Interview with Blake Ostler on God's Plan to Heal Evil
Interview with Blake Ostler about Vol. 4 of Exploring Mormon Thought
AVAILABLE NOW—Exploring Mormon Thought, Vol 4: God's Plan to Heal Evil
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097-Questions & Answers for God Can't with Thomas Jay Oord
I am pleased to welcome back Thomas Jay Oord to the podcast. His new book 'Questions & Answers for God Can't' answers many questions that naturally follow from the ideas he presented in his previous work 'God Can't'
In his best-selling book, God Can't: How to Believe in God and Love After Tragedy, Abuse, and Other Evils, Thomas Jay Oord solves the problem of suffering. Oord offers five aspects of a real answer to why a loving God doesn't prevent pointless pain. The most helpful: God can't stop evil singlehandedly.
In this follow-up, Oord answers questions God Can't readers asked about his ground-breaking proposals. The answers are in this book, and they solve age-old conundrums.
Previous episodes on this topic:
096-The Mind Body Problem and Mormonism
095-Heavenly Mother (Part 3)
095-Heavenly Mother (Part 3) by Exploring Mormon Thought
094-Heavenly Mother (Part 2)
094-Heavenly Mother (Part 2) by Exploring Mormon Thought
093-Heavenly Mother (Part 1)
093-Heavenly Mother (Part 1) by Exploring Mormon Thought
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A huge thank you to the Ostler family. I plan on purchasing the volume series, but in the meantime this podcast is a fantastic primer. One minor note, Blake mentioned in episode 007 that Widtsoe doesn’t cite the scriptures in his work Rational Theology. While reading it I found that in at least one section, so far, titled ‘The Foundation of a Rational Theology’ he quotes D&C 93. Thank you again, for all of your hard work with the podcast, and especially to Blake for sharing a lifetime of knowledge that is helping me a great deal with my own growth.
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