Methinks the infidel was blind who said, "Christianity
15is fit only for women and weak men;" but even infidels may disagree. Bonaparte declared, "Ever since the reign of Christianity began the loftiest intellects have had
18a practical faith in God." Daniel Webster said, "My heart has always assured and reassured me that Chris- tianity must be a divine reality."
21To turn the popular indignation against an advanced form of religion, the pagan slanderers affirmed that Christians took their infants to a place of worship in
24order to offer them in sacrifice, — a baptism not of water but of blood, thus distorting or misapprehending the purpose of Christian sacraments. Christians met
27in midnight feasts in the early days, and talked of the crucified Saviour; thence arose the rumor that it was a part of Christian worship to kill and eat a human
Really, Christianity turned men away from the thought of fleshly sacrifice, and directed them to spiritual attain-
1ments. Life, not death, was and is the very centre of its faith. Christian Science carries this thought even
3higher, and insists on the demonstration of moral and spiritual healing as eminent proof that God is understood and illustrated.
ORIGIN OF EVIL
The origin of evil is the problem of ages. It confronts each generation anew. It confronts Christian Science.
9The question is often asked, If God created only the good, whence comes the evil?
To this question Christian Science replies: Evil never
12did exist as an entity. It is but a belief that there is an opposite intelligence to God. This belief is a species of idolatry, and is not more true or real than that an image
15graven on wood or stone is God.
The mortal admission of the reality of evil perpetuates faith in evil; and the Scriptures declare that "to whom
18ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are." This leading, self-evident proposition of Christian Science, that, good being real, its opposite is necessarily
21unreal, needs to be grasped in all its divine requirements.