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      §18. For let us consider this Proposition as to its meaning, (for it
is the sence, and not sound, that is, and must be the Principle or
common Notion) viz. Vertue is the best Worship of God; i.e. is most
acceptable to him; which if Vertue be taken, as most commonly it
is, for those Actions, which according to the different Opinions of
several Countries, are accounted laudable, will be a Proposition so
far from being certain, that it will not be true. If Vertue be taken for
Actions conformable to God’s Will, or to the Rule prescribed by
God, which is the true and only measure of Vertue, when Vertue is
used to signifie what is in its own nature right and good; then this
Proposition, That Vertue is the best Worship of God, will be most true
and certain, but of very little use in humane Life: since it will
amount to no more but this, viz. That God is pleased with the doing of
what he Commands; which a Man may certainly know to be true,
without knowing what it is, that God doth command; and so be as
far from any Rule or Principle of his Actions, as he was before: And
I think very few will take a Proposition which amounts to no more
than this, viz. That God is pleased with the doing of what he him-
self commands, for an innate Moral Principle writ on the Minds of
all Men, (however true and certain it may be) since it teaches so
little. Whosoever does so, will have reason to think hundreds of
Propositions, innate Principles, since there are many, which have as
good a title, as this, to be received for such, which no body yet ever
put into that rank of innate Principles.
Locke Hum I, 3, §18, p. 78