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If the Idea of GOD be not innate, no other can be supposed innate.       §17. Since then though the knowledge of a GOD, be the most
natural discovery of humane Reason, yet the Idea of him, is not innate,
as, I think, is evident from what has been said; I imagine there will
be scarce any other Idea found, that can pretend to it: since if God
had set any impression, any character on the Understanding of
Men, it is most reasonable to expect it should have been some clear
and uniform Idea of Himself, as far as our weak Capacities were
capable to receive so incomprehensible and infinite an Object. But
our minds being, at first, void of that Idea, which we are most
concerned to have, it is a strong presumption against all other innate
Characters. I must own, as far as I can observe, I can find none, and
would be glad to be informed by any other.
Locke Hum I, 4, §17, p. 95