334 Rebelliousness getting rid of evil, than there can be for his failing to be everything that he would like to be. For God is not so white as he is painted, and he gets on better with the Devil than people think. The Devil is too useful for him to wish him ill and, in like manner, half the DeviFs trade would be at an end should any great mishap bring God well down in the world. For all the mouths they make at one another they play into each other's hands and have got on so well as partners, playing Spenlow and Jorkins to one another, for so many years that there seems no reason why they should cease to do so. The conception of them as the one absolutely void of evil and the other of good is a vulgar notion taken from science whose priests have ever sought to get every idea and every substance pure of all alloy. God and the Devil are about as four to three. There is enough preponderance of God to make it far safer to be on his side than on the Devil's, but the excess is not so great as his professional claqueurs pretend it is. It is like gambling at Monte Carlo ; if you play long enough you are sure to lose, but now and again you may win a great deal of excellent money if you will only cease playing the moment you have won it. Christianity i As an instrument of warfare against vice, or as a tool for making virtue, Christianity is a mere flint implement. ii Christianity is a woman's religion, invented by women and womanish men for themselves. The Church's one foundation is not Christ, as is commonly said, it is woman ; and calling the Madonna the Queen of Heaven is only a poetical way of acknowledging that women are the main support of the priests, iii It is not the church in a village that is the source of the mischief, but the rectory. I would not touch a church from one end of England to the other.