Miscellaneous Writings (1883-1896) by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy
Scholastic theology elaborates the proposition that
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
This frail hypothesis is founded upon the basis of material
and mortal evidence - only upon what the shifting
mortal senses confirm and frail human reason accepts.
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 conceded,
to afford opportunity for proof of its correctness
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
will find that good is omnipotence, has all power; it fills
all space, being omnipresent; hence, there is neither place
nor power left for evil. Divest your thought, then, of
the mortal and material view which contradicts the everpresence
and all-power of good; take in only the immortal
facts which include these, and where will you see or
feel evil, or find its existence necessary either to the origin
or ultimate of good?
It is urged that, from his original state of perfection,
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
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
its harmony, from evidences before him he is incapable
of knowing the facts of existence and its concomitants:
therefore to him evil is as real and eternal
as good, God! This awful deception is evil's umpire
and empire, that good, God, understood, forcibly
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 Principle
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
is suppositional; in other words, a lie that is incapable
of proof - therefore, wholly problematical.
The Science of Truth annihilates error, deprives evil
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, identifies
himself with it, fancies he finds pleasure in it, and
will reap what he sows; hence the sinner must endure
the effects of his delusion until he awakes from it.
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