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      §15. What true or tolerable Notion of a Deity, could they have,
who acknowledged, and worshipped hundreds? Every Deity, that
they owned above one, was an infallible evidence of their ignorance
of Him, and a proof, that they had no true Notion of God, where
Unity, Infinity, and Eternity, were excluded. To which if we add
their gross Conceptions of Corporeity, expressed in their Images,
and Representations of their Deities; the Amours, Marriages,
Copulations, Lusts, Quarrels, and other mean Qualities, attributed
by them to their gods; we shall have little reason to think, that the
heathen World, i.e. the greatest part of mankind, had such Ideas of
God in their minds, as he himself, out of care, that they should not be
mistaken about him, was Author of. And this universality of con-
sent, so much argued, if it prove any native impressions, ’twill be
only this: That God imprinted on the minds of all Men, speaking
the same Language, a Name for Himself, but not any Idea: Since
those People, who agreed in the Name, had at the same time, far
different apprehensions about the thing signified. If they say, That
the variety of Deities worshipped by the heathen World, were but
figurative ways of expressing the several Attributes of that in-
comprehensible Being, or several parts of his Providence: I answer,
What they might be in their original, I will not here enquire; but
that they were so in the Thoughts of the Vulgar, I think no body
will affirm: And he that will consult the Voyage of the Bishop of
Beryte, c. 13. (not to mention other Testimonies) will find, that the
Theology of the Siamites, professedly owns a plurality of Gods: Or,
as the Abbé de Choisy more judiciously remarks, in his Journal du
Voiage de Siam
, 107/177, it consists properly in acknowledging no God
at all.
Locke Hum I, 4, §15, p. 93