You are here
A Mormon Theodicy: Jacob and the Problem of Evil
|Title||A Mormon Theodicy: Jacob and the Problem of Evil|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2015|
|Journal||Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture|
|Keywords||Allegory of the Olive Tree; Jacob (Son of Lehi); Patriarchal Blessing; Politics; Theodicy|
Lehi’s son Jacob was troubled by a great theological mystery of his and our day — the problem of evil. If God is both all good and all-powerful, how is it possible for the world to be so full of human and natural evils? Jacob was able to elicit from the Lord responses to the question of why He permits evil to flourish in this world. The Lord elucidates the perennial problem of evil for Jacob and us in three distinct genres and at three different levels of abstraction: at a metaphysical level in a philosophical patriarchal blessing, at a concrete level in the history of the emerging Nephite political economy, and in the Allegory of the Olive Tree.
Items in the BMC Archive are made publicly available for non-commercial, private use. Inclusion within the BMC Archive does not imply endorsement. Items do not represent the official views of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or of Book of Mormon Central.
Get the latest updates on Book of Mormon topics and research for free