A clergyman, writing in your issue of recent date, admits...

Kentish Gazette & Canterbury Press

A clergyman, writing in your issue of recent date, admits that he is as much puzzled by the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, as he is with the "Mad Hatter" in "Alice in Wonderland," or "the incoherent mutterings of the inmates of an asylum."

This acknowledgment places him in the position of being unable to criticize the textbook intelligently, since there are thousands who do understand it and are able to prove their understanding by healing the sick and reforming the sinner. If he will study the definition of the word "devil" given by Christ Jesus in John 8:44, he will there obtain a good explanation of what, in Science and Health (p. 330), Mrs. Eddy calls "nothing claiming to be something." Christ Jesus distinctly said the devil "abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him." That which abides not in the truth and has no truth in it is nothing; it cannot be an entity or a reality; a suppositional negation is all that it can be termed. Since God, good, is infinite, evil must be a belief in the absence of God; but there can be no real absence of that which is infinite. Yet, look at what this belief in evil is claiming to do in the world. When humanity gains the understanding of the allness of God, this will enable them to see the unreality of evil, and bring about the realization of the kingdom of God on earth.

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