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      §11. This is all could be inferr’d from the Notion of a God, were it
to be found universally in all the Tribes of Mankind, and generally
acknowledged, by Men grown to maturity in all Countries. For the
generality of the acknowledging of a God, as I imagine, is extended
no farther than that; which if it be sufficient to prove the Idea of God,
innate, will as well prove the Idea of Fire, innate; since, I think, it may
truly be said, That there is not a Person in the World, who has a
Notion of a God, who has not also the Idea of Fire. I doubt not, but if
a Colony of young Children should be placed in an Island, where no
Fire was, they would certainly neither have any Notion of such a
thing, nor Name for it, how generally soever it were received, and
known in all the World besides; and, perhaps too, their Appre-
hensions would be as far removed from any Name, or Notion of a
God, till some one amongst them had imployed his Thoughts, to
enquire into the Constitution and Causes of things, which would
easily lead him to the Notion of a God; which having once taught to
others, Reason, and the natural Propensity of their own Thoughts,
would afterwards propagate, and continue amongst them.
Locke Hum I, 4, §11, p. 90