Our "standard" theodicy question, How to answer "Why do evil and suffering exist?"How to answer "Why do evil and suffering exist?", has been edited and reopened. Previously it did not request a denominational viewpoint, but now it does. This is significant for a few reasons:
- The question has over 16k views, virtually all of which came prior to including a denominational viewpoint
- The question has at least 10 other questions linking to it—it is a very popular duplicate target for generic "Why does God allow evil" questions.
- It has 27 (27!) answers, none of which make any attempt to demonstrate that they reflect the teaching of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, as is now requested in the question.
To me something needs to be done to clean this up, but I'm not exactly sure what. Here are a few ideas:
- Delete answers
- All of them.
- All of them that, after some investigation of Lutheran beliefs, clearly don't line up with that system
- Reclose duplicates
- Find another generic theodicy question that has a decent answer (not sure if any exist on the site) and use that as a duplicate target
- Reclose all duplicates as truth questions (or other close reason, not duplicate)
- Revert edits and reclose the question [This is a bad option for a number of reasons, most importantly reverting a good faith effort by the OP, but I'm including it since it would help resolve the current mess]