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1      IT is fair to ask of every one a reason for the faith within.

         Though it be but to repeat my twice-told tale, — nay,

3      the tale already told a hundred times, — yet ask, and I

         will answer.

         Do you believe in God?

6      I believe more in Him than do most Christians, for I

         have no faith in any other thing or being. He sustains

         my individuality. Nay, more — He is my individuality

9      and my Life. Because He lives, I live. He heals all my

         ills, destroys my iniquities, deprives death of its sting, and

         robs the grave of its victory.

12    To me God is All. He is best understood as Supreme

         Being, as infinite and conscious Life, as the affectionate

         Father and Mother of all He creates; but this divine

15    Parent no more enters into His creation than the human

         father enters into his child. His creation is not the Ego,

         but the reflection of the Ego. The Ego is God Himself,

18    the infinite Soul.

         I believe that of which I am conscious through the

         understanding, however faintly able to demonstrate Truth

21    and Love.

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         Do you believe in man?

         I believe in the individual man, for I understand that

3      man is as definite and eternal as God, and that man is

         coexistent with God, as being the eternally divine idea.

         This is demonstrable by the simple appeal to human

6      consciousness.

         But I believe less in the sinner, wrongly named man.

         The more I understand true humanhood, the more I see it

9      to be sinless, — as ignorant of sin as is the perfect Maker.

         To me the reality and substance of being are good, and

         nothing else. Through the eternal reality of existence I

12    reach, in thought, a glorified consciousness of the only

         living God and the genuine man. So long as I hold evil

         in consciousness, I cannot be wholly good.

15    You cannot simultaneously serve the mammon of

         materiality and the God of spirituality. There are not

         two realities of being, two opposite states of existence.

18    One should appear real to us, and the other unreal, or we

         lose the Science of being. Standing in no basic Truth, we

         make "the worse appear the better reason," and the un-

21    real masquerades as the real, in our thought.

         Evil is without Principle. Being destitute of Principle,

         it is devoid of Science. Hence it is undemonstrable, with-

24    out proof. This gives me a clearer right to call evil a nega-

         tion, than to affirm it to be something which God sees and

         knows, but which He straightway commands mortals to

27    shun or relinquish, lest it destroy them. This notion of

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1      the destructibility of Mind implies the possibility of its

         defilement; but how can infinite Mind be defiled?

3      Do you believe in matter?

         I believe in matter only as I believe in evil, that it is

         something to be denied and destroyed to human conscious-

6      ness, and is unknown to the Divine. We should watch

         and pray that we enter not into the temptation of panthe-

         istic belief in matter as sensible mind. We should sub-

9      jugate it as Jesus did, by a dominant understanding of


         At best, matter is only a phenomenon of mortal mind,

12    of which evil is the highest degree; but really there is no

         such thing as mortal mind, — though we are compelled

         to use the phrase in the endeavor to express the underlying

15    thought.

         In reality there are no material states or stages of con-

         sciousness, and matter has neither Mind nor sensation.

18    Like evil, it is destitute of Mind, for Mind is God.

         The less consciousness of evil or matter mortals have,

         the easier it is for them to evade sin, sickness, and death,

21    — which are but states of false belief, — and awake from

         the troubled dream, a consciousness which is without

         Mind or Maker.

24    Matter and evil cannot be conscious, and consciousness

         should not be evil. Adopt this rule of Science, and you

         will discover the material origin, growth, maturity, and

27    death of sinners, as the history of man, disappears, and the

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1      everlasting facts of being appear, wherein man is the re-

         flection of immutable good.

3      Reasoning from false premises, — that Life is material,

         that immortal Soul is sinful, and hence that sin is eternal,

         — the reality of being is neither seen, felt, heard, nor un-

6      derstood. Human philosophy and human reason can

         never make one hair white or black, except in belief;

         whereas the demonstration of God, as in Christian Science,

9      is gained through Christ as perfect manhood.

         In pantheism the world is bereft of its God, whose

         place is ill supplied by the pretentious usurpation, by

12    matter, of the heavenly sovereignty.

         What say you of woman?

         Man is the generic term for all humanity. Woman is

15    the highest species of man, and this word is the generic

         term for all women; but not one of all these individualities

         is an Eve or an Adam. They have none of them lost their

18    harmonious state, in the economy of God’s wisdom and


         The Ego is divine consciousness, eternally radiating

21    throughout all space in the idea of God, good, and not of

         His opposite, evil. The Ego is revealed as Father, Son,

         and Holy Ghost; but the full Truth is found only in

24    divine Science, where we see God as Life, Truth, and

         Love. In the scientific relation of man to God, man is

         reflected not as human soul, but as the divine ideal, whose

27    Soul is not in body, but is God, — the divine Principle of

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1      man. Hence Soul is sinless and immortal, in contradis-

         tinction to the supposition that there can be sinful souls or

3      immortal sinners.

         This Science of God and man is the Holy Ghost, which

         reveals and sustains the unbroken and eternal harmony

6      of both God and the universe. It is the kingdom of heaven,

         the ever-present reign of harmony, already with us. Hence

         the need that human consciousness should become divine,

9      in the coincidence of God and man, in contradistinction

         to the false consciousness of both good and evil, God and

         devil, — of man separated from his Maker. This is the

12    precious redemption of soul, as mortal sense, through

         Christ’s immortal sense of Truth, which presents Truth’s

         spiritual idea, man and woman.

         What say you of evil?

         God is not the so-called ego of evil; for evil, as a sup-

         position, is the father of itself, — of the material world,

18    the flesh, and the devil. From this falsehood arise the

         self-destroying elements of this world, its unkind forces,

         its tempests, lightnings, earthquakes, poisons, rabid

21    beasts, fatal reptiles, and mortals.

         Why are earth and mortals so elaborate in beauty, color,

         and form, if God has no part in them? By the law of

24    opposites. The most beautiful blossom is often poisonous,

         and the most beautiful mansion is sometimes the home of

         vice. The senses, not God, Soul, form the condition of

27    beautiful evil, and the supposed modes of self-conscious

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1      matter, which make a beautiful lie. Now a lie takes its

         pattern from Truth, by reversing Truth. So evil and all

3      its forms are inverted good. God never made them; but

         the lie must say He made them, or it would not be evil.

         Being a lie, it would be truthful to call itself a lie; and by

6      calling the knowledge of evil good, and greatly to be de-

         sired, it constitutes the lie an evil.

         The reality and individuality of man are good and God-

9      made, and they are here to be seen and demonstrated; it

         is only the evil belief that renders them obscure.

         Matter and evil are anti-Christian, the antipodes of

12    Science. To say that Mind is material, or that evil is

         Mind, is a misapprehension of being, — a mistake which

         will die of its own delusion; for being self-contradictory,

15    it is also self-destructive. The harmony of man’s being is

         not built on such false foundations, which are no more

         logical, philosophical, or scientific than would be the as-

18    sertion that the rule of addition is the rule of subtraction,

         and that sums done under both rules would have one


21    Man’s individuality is not a mortal mind or sinner; or

         else he has lost his true individuality as a perfect child of

         God. Man’s Father is not a mortal mind and a sinner;

24    or else the immortal and unerring Mind, God, is not his

         Father; but God is man’s origin and loving Father,

         hence that saying of Jesus, "Call no man your father

27    upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in


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1      The bright gold of Truth is dimmed by the doctrine of

         mind in matter.

3      To say there is a false claim, called sickness, is to admit

         all there is of sickness; for it is nothing but a false claim.

         To be healed, one must lose sight of a false claim. If the

6      claim be present to the thought, then disease becomes as

         tangible as any reality. To regard sickness as a false

         claim, is to abate the fear of it; but this does not destroy

9      the so-called fact of the claim. In order to be whole, we

         must be insensible to every claim of error.

         As with sickness, so is it with sin. To admit that sin

12    has any claim whatever, just or unjust, is to admit a dan-

         gerous fact. Hence the fact must be denied; for if sin’s

         claim be allowed in any degree, then sin destroys the

15    at-one-ment, or oneness with God, — a unity which sin

         recognizes as its most potent and deadly enemy.

         If God knows sin, even as a false claimant, then ac-

18    quaintance with that claimant becomes legitimate to

         mortals, and this knowledge would not be forbidden; but

         God forbade man to know evil at the very beginning,

21    when Satan held it up before man as something desirable

         and a distinct addition to human wisdom, because the

         knowledge of evil would make man a god, — a representa-

24    tion that God both knew and admitted the dignity of evil.

         Which is right, — God, who condemned the knowledge

         of sin and disowned its acquaintance, or the serpent, who

27    pushed that claim with the glittering audacity of diabolical

         and sinuous logic?

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