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iy(^ter the »)ri Minds, add tbit Period : From the Cime Ori- guul, and in die Cune nunner, the Poets did vaftly incrole the Catalogue of the Gods, apodrophing as fuch not only the Winds, Meteors, Clouds, Rivers, Fountains Hills, and all ^uts of the Univeife ; but. The Reafbns they alledg’d in their own Juftification, were either the Ufel’ulneft of thefe things, or that the feveral Deitys manifefted their particular Pow-’ ers more in one Species than in another, or they pretended to fbmc Allegory drawn from Morality or Natural Phi- lofbphy. and others not being void of fame hijlo- rical or jfhilofophical Elegance. ' ■ ; They Digitized by Google and ^afons of Heatherii/m'. And many for fear of offending by miftake ere Qed Altars to ' unknown Gods. Ddlgn: and, neverthelefs, under the name of Fortune it had its proper Tem- ples, one dedicated to good, and another to bad Fortune ; at the fame time re- * ceiving Divine Worfhip, and the moft opprobrious Epithets of blind, various, incoriftant, true to the word, and a jijc to the beft.

Yet all parts of Egypt did not reverence the fame Species. The Origin of Idolatry^ Letter things having moral and ufeful Caufes^ III. Other Cirys as well as that of Rome were elevated to the high Dig- nity of Goddeffes. oppofice Digitized by Google 94 ,.'rk 'Ohgin of Idolatry j Letter oppo Hce to all Order, Intelligence, and jll.

, laught aty have not ccnfecrated any Be aft ^ hut for fome Advantage that they drew from it. Ai’d'Styxf V ffi Cxffiv Kitjet Avv Ci V KCefaw, tv n mt TSt hf S/i3 Pc ^oitin. Now from all this it is very evident, not only that the Gods did infinitely exceed Mankind in number as well as in dignity ; but that, tho Superftition cou’d be kept within 'no bounds, yet all Idolatry had its Original from mens Notions and Adions about dead Bodys. t » • lo, I A M far from defigning to bring all the Arguments I cou’d to dcraonftrate my Opinion about the Ori- gin of Ido Utrjff yet I cannot forbear producing one Example, which fhows the ,utmoft Extravagance of human Nature.

likewife Facultys, Pa ITtons, Habits, Accidents, and every thing they cou’d exprefi by one word, or which they cou*d addre U as a Perlbn ^ -and they pre Iok Iy nude it a God or a Goddels, as the Word happen’d to be of the Malcultne or Feminine Gender, which was all the Rule they (^^*d in Deitys of fo little confequence. ' In their Sacred Rites, fays Plut Arch, there's nothing^ appointed that's unreafonable ( as fame imagine) or fabulousy or from Super fkition ; but fome things # t * Ov^i V tiktyev, f Ui Sa/ltf, k/s vio Vi*s (davit! Agree- able to which Cicero fays, that the very Egyptians^ ' rvho are fo much . The Romans frankly naturaliz’d thofe of all other •Nations, falling down before fuch De-^ itys as cou’d not prottft their antient Votarys from the Power of their Arms: yet this was rather a politick Liberty of Confcience; than the Effects of any real Devotion. Thefc things, as in the Sequel will appear, were introduc’d and invented at lecond hand ; but all occa- fion’d and grounded on the Worfhip of the Dead.

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Here you have an ' Example in all Forms how the Vene- • ration of dead Men becomes exceffive in time ; and I have chofen to relate it thus at length, becaufe it was molt unlikely to happen to Socrates, tho more . pp imitating herein the Cuftom of Kings Letter among the Barbarians, who by fuch III.

BUT as the Superftitious perver,t every thing in Heaven and Earth, (b ' they fail’d not to do in this cafe, confe- crating the moft vitious and abominable things, for which our Author juftly reprehends them. ' - and t i Digitized by Google aiid ^afons of Heathemfm, ' 9 1 and Trembling.

Jirfl bred; and with Vphom you had a more^ intimate /icquaintancey than with amy of a better^ Characlery ' either fence ..^orf.^before^ How often was .1 forcd\ to ^defertbe to you what rude^ unmannytrlyy ignth rant^ and rougjs-hewn M^nfeersj thefe , ’ ' of / . Hence may be perceiv’d how fo many Things came to be deify’d, which have no peribnal Form' or Ex.- iftence, and are nothing clfe but mere fic «ppellatiir, uteaipfavis nominctur Dcus, uc Fidcs, Ut Mens, &c. ' Quariim omnium rerum quia vis ciit tanta ut fine Deo regi non poffec, ipfi res Dcorum nomcn obtinuic, quo ex genere Cupidinis & Voluntatis, & lubencina; Veneris vocabula confe CTau funt. - Propertys, po T- '^^ Origin of Idolatry^ Letter Propertys, Mode^, or Accident^. made Cicero appoint in his Laws (a .matter praftis’d in Rome before) that thofe things fhou’d be reputed - Gods, 'for the fake of which Man' was, admitted to afeend into Heaven, ^Tis wclldone^ fays he, that the Mind^ Piety^ Virtue^ faith, are confecrated, of ad which the Temples are pablickly dedicated at Rome that thofe who have them ( and ad good Men have them ) may think that the Gods thewfelves are placed in their Minds, y/ * 8.

fhipon Earth, attributing Divine Vii'- tues and paying a religious Refpetf to almoli all forts of Animals and Plants, not excepting the moft vile and con- temptible. IN other Countrys fbme paid a philofophical Worfhip to the four Ele- » ments, and certain parts of the human Body.

The Egyptians, befides the Worfhip of theceleflial Gods, or of the Stars and Planets, had withal a fymbolical Wor?

Here you have an ' Example in all Forms how the Vene- • ration of dead Men becomes exceffive in time ; and I have chofen to relate it thus at length, becaufe it was molt unlikely to happen to Socrates, tho more . pp imitating herein the Cuftom of Kings Letter among the Barbarians, who by fuch III.

BUT as the Superftitious perver,t every thing in Heaven and Earth, (b ' they fail’d not to do in this cafe, confe- crating the moft vitious and abominable things, for which our Author juftly reprehends them. ' - and t i Digitized by Google aiid ^afons of Heathemfm, ' 9 1 and Trembling.

Jirfl bred; and with Vphom you had a more^ intimate /icquaintancey than with amy of a better^ Characlery ' either fence ..^orf.^before^ How often was .1 forcd\ to ^defertbe to you what rude^ unmannytrlyy ignth rant^ and rougjs-hewn M^nfeersj thefe , ’ ' of / . Hence may be perceiv’d how fo many Things came to be deify’d, which have no peribnal Form' or Ex.- iftence, and are nothing clfe but mere fic «ppellatiir, uteaipfavis nominctur Dcus, uc Fidcs, Ut Mens, &c. ' Quariim omnium rerum quia vis ciit tanta ut fine Deo regi non poffec, ipfi res Dcorum nomcn obtinuic, quo ex genere Cupidinis & Voluntatis, & lubencina; Veneris vocabula confe CTau funt. - Propertys, po T- '^^ Origin of Idolatry^ Letter Propertys, Mode^, or Accident^. made Cicero appoint in his Laws (a .matter praftis’d in Rome before) that thofe things fhou’d be reputed - Gods, 'for the fake of which Man' was, admitted to afeend into Heaven, ^Tis wclldone^ fays he, that the Mind^ Piety^ Virtue^ faith, are confecrated, of ad which the Temples are pablickly dedicated at Rome that thofe who have them ( and ad good Men have them ) may think that the Gods thewfelves are placed in their Minds, y/ * 8.

fhipon Earth, attributing Divine Vii'- tues and paying a religious Refpetf to almoli all forts of Animals and Plants, not excepting the moft vile and con- temptible. IN other Countrys fbme paid a philofophical Worfhip to the four Ele- » ments, and certain parts of the human Body.

The Egyptians, befides the Worfhip of theceleflial Gods, or of the Stars and Planets, had withal a fymbolical Wor?

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