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      §16. This was evidently the case of all Gentilism: Nor hath even
amongst Jews, Christians, and Mahometans, who acknowledge but
One God, this Doctrine, and the care is taken in those Nations to
teach Men, to have true Notions of a GOD, prevailed so far, as to
make Men to have the same, and true Ideas of Him. How many, even
amongst us, will be found upon enquiry, to fancy him in the shape
of a Man, sitting in Heaven; and to have many other absurd and
unfit conceptions of him? Christians, as well as Turks, have had
whole Sects owning, and contending earnestly for it, That the
Deity was corporeal and of humane shape: And though we find few
amongst us, who profess themselves Anthropomorphites, (though some
I have met with, that own it) yet, I believe, he that will make it
his business, may find amongst the ignorant, and uninstructed
Christians, many of that Opinion. Talk but with Country-people,
almost of any Age; or young People, almost of any condition, and
you shall find, that though the Name of GOD be frequently in their
mouths; yet the notions they apply this Name to, are so odd, low,
and pitiful, that no body can imagine, they were taught by a ration-
al Man; much less, that they were Characters writ by the finger of
God Himself. Nor do I see how it derogates more from the Goodness
of God, that he has given us minds unfurnished with these Ideas of
Himself, than that he hath sent us into the World, with Bodies
uncloathed; and that there is no Art or Skill born with us. For being
fitted with Faculties to attain these, it is want of Industry, and
Consideration in us, and not of Bounty in Him, if we have them not.
’Tis as certain, that there is a God, as that the opposite Angles,
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made by the intersection of two strait Lines, are equal. There was
never any rational Creature, that set himself sincerely to examine
the truth of these Propositions, that could fail to assent to them:
Though yet it be past doubt, that there are many Men, who having
not applied their Thoughts that way, are ignorant both of the one
and the other. If any one think fit to call this (which is the utmost
of its extent) universal Consent, such an one I easily allow: But
such an universal Consent as this, proves not the Idea of God, no
more than it does the Idea of such Angles, innate.
Locke Hum I, 4, §16, pp. 94-95