"Periods and peoples"

In one of those illuminating passages with which her writings abound, Mrs. Eddy says, "Periods and peoples are characterized by their highest or their lowest ideals, by their God and their devil" (The People's Idea of God, p. 6). History verifies her statement, and it is being exemplified in world conditions to-day. The present testing time of the nations is revealing the character of their ideals, and the nature of that which has been given the highest place in the national consciousness.

In its acknowledgment that evil exists as a power and intelligence, human consciousness not only admits the possibility of any evil achievement, but itself provides the means and occasion for such achievements. Every human being, therefore, because of mortal belief, that is to say, because evil is accepted as a component part of his consciousness, possesses the latent capacity to express the worst phases of that belief, unless the unreality of evil is being understood and demonstrated by him in Christian Science.

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