The critic, in a recent issue of your paper, is quite correct...


The critic, in a recent issue of your paper, is quite correct in stating that Christian Science teaches there is no evil in the real, spiritual universe; but this does not mean that there is no evil in human belief. He will undoubtedly agree that there are no ghosts in the world; but this does not alter the fact that almost all children and many grown-ups actually believe in the existence of ghosts. The same may be said of the horizon; but this does not prevent ignorant persons from believing what they seem to see—that there is a line where sea and sky meet. The following clear statement from page 186 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," the textbook of Christian Science, by Mary Baker Eddy, gives the unmistakable doctrine of Christian Science upon this subject. If this statement be studied with an open mind, its logic will be found correct and convincing: "Evil is a negation, because it is the absence of truth. It is nothing, because it is the absence of something. It is unreal, because it presupposes the absence of God, the omnipotent and omnipresent. Every mortal must learn that there is neither power nor reality in evil."

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