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In the wake of horrific tragedies, you often hear this question: Why? RadioWest is hosting an occasional series of conversations that ask scholars, theologians and philosophers how faith traditions understand the role of God in human life. It's an age-old question - but why does God allow bad things to happen?

Why? A Mormon Answer

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Why would a loving God allow horrible tragedies to happen? It's an age-old question and one that gets revisited whenever stories of mass shootings and sweeping natural disasters make headlines. Thursday, we're beginning an occasional series of conversations with theologians and thinkers to explore the question. We begin with Mormon scholars Terryl and Fiona Givens. They've recently co-authored a book called The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life

Read Maureen Dowd's column Why, God? from December 25, 2012.