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      §26. It is easy to imagine, how by these means it comes to pass,
that Men worship the Idols that have been set up in their Minds;
grow fond of the Notions they have been long acquainted with
there; and stamp the Characters of Divinity, upon Absurdities and Errors,
become zealous Votaries to Bulls and Monkeys; and contend too,
fight, and die in defence of their Opinions. Dum solos credit habendos
esse Deos, quos ipse colit.
Juvenal, Satires, XV, 37-8. For since the reasoning Faculties of the Soul,
which are almost constantly, though not always warily nor wisely
employ’d, would not know how to move, for want of a foundation
and footing, in most Men, who through laziness or avocation, do
not; or for want of time, or true helps, or for other causes, cannot,
penetrate into the Principles of Knowledge, and trace Truth to its
fountain and original, ’tis natural for them, and almost unavoidable,
to take up with some borrowed Principles; which being reputed and
presumed to be the evident proofs of other things, are thought not
to need any other proof themselves. Whoever shall receive any of
these into his Mind, and entertain them there, with the reverence
usually paid to Principles, never venturing to examine them; but
accustoming himself to believe them, because they are to be be-
lieved, may take up from his Education, and the fashions of his
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Country, any absurdity for innate Principles; and by long poring
on the same Objects, so dim his sight, as to take Monsters lodged in
his own brain, for the Images of the Deity, and the Workmanship of
his Hands.
Locke Hum I, 3, §26, pp. 83-84