Thwarting the Adversary

One can approach the problem of evil victoriously only in the conviction that the government of the universe is reasonable and kindly. Appearances may point a different conclusion. To the human mind the universe may seem a house divided between good and evil. But logic and revelation unite in pronouncing goodness supreme and all-pervasive. This is the only rational foundation for a permanent order; the only safe hypothesis from which to shape one's course. Browning is at his best when he observes:

There shall never be one lost good! What
was, shall live as before;
The evil is null, is naught, is silence implying
What was good shall be good, with for
evil so much good more;
On the earth the broken arc; in the heaven
the perfect round.

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The One, Ever-adequate Way
September 26, 1942

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