Chapter 1 – Introductory – Christian Theism
From Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy
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
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-
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.