§15 [bis] If it be said, That wise Men of all Nations came to have
true Conceptions of the Unity and Infinity of the Deity, I grant it. But
then this,
First, Excludes universality of Consent in any thing, but the
name, for those wise Men being very few, perhaps one of a thou-
sand, this universality is very narrow.
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Secondly, It seems to me plainly to prove, That the truest and
best Notions Men had of God, were not imprinted, but acquired by
thought and meditation, and a right use of their Faculties: since the
wise and considerate Men of the World, by a right and careful
employment of their Thoughts and Reason, attained true Notions
in this, as well as other things; whilst the lazy and inconsiderate
part of Men, making the far greater number, took up their Notions,
by chance, from common Tradition and vulgar Conceptions, with-
out much beating their Heads about them. And if it be a reason to
think the notion of God innate, because all wise Men had it, Vertue too
must be thought innate; for that also wise Men have always had.
Locke Hum 93-94