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Chapter 1 – Introductory – Christian Theism

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         Scholastic theology elaborates the proposition that

15    evil is a factor of good, and that to believe in the reality

         of evil is essential to a rounded sense of the existence of


18    This frail hypothesis is founded upon the basis of mate-

         rial and mortal evidence — only upon what the shifting

         mortal senses confirm and frail human reason accepts.

21    The Science of Soul reverses this proposition, overturns

         the testimony of the five erring senses, and reveals in

         clearer divinity the existence of good only; that is, of

         God and His idea.

         This postulate of divine Science only needs to be con-

         ceded, to afford opportunity for proof of its correctness

27    and the clearer discernment of good.

         Seek the Anglo-Saxon term for God, and you will

         find it to be good; then define good as God, and you

30    will find that good is omnipotence, has all power; it fills

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1     all space, being omnipresent; hence, there is neither place

         nor power left for evil. Divest your thought, then, of

3     the mortal and material view which contradicts the ever-

         presence and all-power of good; take in only the immor-

         tal facts which include these, and where will you see or

6     feel evil, or find its existence necessary either to the origin

         or ultimate of good?

         It is urged that, from his original state of perfec-

9     tion, man has fallen into the imperfection that requires

         evil through which to develop good. Were we to

         admit this vague proposition, the Science of man could

12    never be learned; for in order to learn Science, we

         begin with the correct statement, with harmony and

         its Principle; and if man has lost his Principle and

15    its harmony, from evidences before him he is inca-

         pable of knowing the facts of existence and its con-

         comitants: therefore to him evil is as real and eternal

18    as good, God! This awful deception is evil’s umpire

         and empire, that good, God, understood, forcibly


21    What appears to mortals from their standpoint to be

         the necessity for evil, is proven by the law of opposites

         to be without necessity. Good is the primitive Princi-

24    ple of man; and evil, good’s opposite, has no Principle,

         and is not, and cannot be, the derivative of good.

         Thus evil is neither a primitive nor a derivative, but

27    is suppositional; in other words, a lie that is incapable

         of proof — therefore, wholly problematical.

         The Science of Truth annihilates error, deprives evil

30    of all power, and thereby destroys all error, sin, sickness,

         disease, and death. But the sinner is not sheltered from

         suffering from sin: he makes a great reality of evil, iden-

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1     tifies himself with it, fancies he finds pleasure in it, and

         will reap what he sows; hence the sinner must endure

3     the effects of his delusion until he awakes from it.

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