Unity of Good, by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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   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,
the tale already told a hundred times, - yet ask, and I
will answer.

   Do you believe in God?

   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
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.
   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
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,
the infinite Soul.
   I believe that of which I am conscious through the
understanding, however faintly able to demonstrate Truth
and Love.

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   Do you believe in man?

   I believe in the individual man, for I understand that
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
   But I believe less in the sinner, wrongly named man.
The more I understand true humanhood, the more I see it
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
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.
   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.
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 unreal
masquerades as the real, in our thought.
   Evil is without Principle.  Being destitute of Principle,
it is devoid of Science.  Hence it is undemonstrable, without
proof.  This gives me a clearer right to call evil a negation,
than to affirm it to be something which God sees and
knows, but which He straightway commands mortals to
shun or relinquish, lest it destroy them.  This notion of

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the destructibility of Mind implies the possibility of its
defilement; but how can infinite Mind be defiled?

   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 consciousness,
and is unknown to the Divine.  We should watch
and pray that we enter not into the temptation of pantheistic
belief in matter as sensible mind.  We should subjugate
it as Jesus did, by a dominant understanding of
   At best, matter is only a phenomenon of mortal mind,
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
   In reality there are no material states or stages of consciousness,

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