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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? An Evangelical Answer

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Tuesday, we return to our series on the nature of God and why tragedy is part of the human condition. Our guest is the Baptist theologian Albert Mohler. For Mohler, the answer can be summarized in one word: sin. Moral evil, he says, is the direct result of man's revolt against God's authority and the responsibility for tragedy lies squarely on human shoulders. Dr. Mohler joins Doug to explain how asking why God allows suffering is the wrong question and how he understands mercy and redemption as God's answer to tragedy.

Dr. R. Albert Mohler is the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He hosts two programs: “The Briefing,” a daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview; and “Thinking in Public,” a series of conversations with the day’s leading thinkers. He blogs at AlbertMohler.com and is the author of numerous books including "Words from the Fire" and "The Disappearance of God."

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