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Our Idea of a most perfect Being not the sole proof of a GOD.
      §7. How far the Idea of a most perfect Being, which a Man may
frame in his Mind, does, or does not prove the Existence of a GOD,
I will not here examine. For in the different Make of Men’s Tempers,
and Application of their Thoughts, some Arguments prevail more
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on one, and some on another, for the Confirmation of the same
Truth. But yet, I think, this I may say, that it is an ill way of
establishing this Truth, and silencing Atheists, to lay the whole
stress of so important a Point, as this, upon that sole Foundation:
And take some Men’s having that Idea of GOD in their Minds, (for
’tis evident, some Men have none, and some worse than none, and
the most very different,) for the only proof of a Deity; and out of an
over-fondness of that Darling Invention, cashier, or at least endeav-
our to invalidate all other Arguments, and forbid us to hearken to
those proofs, as being weak, or fallacious, which our own Existence,
and the sensible parts of the Universe, offer so clearly, and cogently
to our Thoughts, that I deem it impossible for a considering Man
to withstand them. For I judge it as certain and clear a Truth, as
can any where be delivered, That the invisible Things of GOD are
clearly seen from the Creation of the World, being understood by the
Things that are made, even his Eternal Power, and God-head.Rom. I: 20 Though our
own Being furnishes us, as I have shewn, with an evident, and in-
contestable proof of a Deity; And I believe no Body can avoid the
Cogency of it, who will but as carefully attend to it, as to any other
Demonstration of so many parts: Yet this being so fundamental a
Truth, and of that Consequence, that all Religion and genuine
Morality depend thereon, I doubt not but I shall be forgiven by
my Reader, if I go over some parts of this Argument again, and
enlarge a little more upon them.
Locke Hum IV, 10, §7, pp. 621-622