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Distinguish the real from the unreal

Going to the Bottom of Mental Action

From the September 1977 issue of The Christian Science Journal


If God is omnipotent, merciful, and just, why does He permit evil to exist? The theological term "theodicy" reflects an attempt to reconcile this paradox by vindicating God's attributes of mercy and justice, in spite of the presence of evil in the world. But Christian Science solves the dilemma by disclosing the nothingness of evil—revealing that God neither creates evil nor does He permit it to exist.