How Can You Say That Evil Is Unreal?

Such a question has a familiar ring to many a Christian Scientist, because he himself may have asked someone the same question before Christian Science gave him the answer.

No one will deny that evil seems to be a part of our everyday experience; but this does not make it real. Its seeming reality, however, impels us to adjust our thought, through the teachings of Christian Science, to the fact of evil's deceptiveness. Why? Because the scientific denial of the reality of evil has a beneficial effect on our experience. But such denial is effective only when we put the truth of good's allness in its place.

Although human progress is not based on denials, we cannot get along without them. What we need to do is to watch that we do not deny what we should affirm. If we do, we are likely to affirm what we should deny. It is obvious that not to deny what is false is to be in danger of believing it to be true; and not only would this restrict progress, it would stop it altogether. What we deny, then, and why we deny it are very important.

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March 2, 1963

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