Transcription of LocHum,621[2]
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And therefore GOD.
      §6. Thus from the Consideration of our selves, and what we
infallibly find in our own Constitutions, our Reason leads us to the
Knowledge of this certain and evident Truth, That there is an
eternal, most powerful, and most knowing Being; which whether any one
will please to call God, it matters not. The thing is evident, and
from this Idea duly considered, will easily be deduced all those
other Attributes, which we ought to ascribe to this eternal Being.
If nevertheless any one should be found so senslesly arrogant, as to
suppose Man alone knowing and wise, but yet the product of mere
ignorance and chance; and that all the rest of the Universe acted
only by that blind hap-hazard: I shall leave with him that very
Rational and Emphatical rebuke of Tully l.2. de leg. to be considered
at his leisure. "What can be more sillily arrogant and misbecoming,
than for a Man to think that he has a Mind and Understanding in
him, but yet in all the Universe beside, there is no such thing? Or
that those things, which with the utmost stretch of his Reason he
can scarce comprehend, should be moved and managed without
any Reason at all?" Quid est enim verius, quam neminem esse oportere
tam stultè arrogantem, ut in se mentem et rationem putet inesse, in coelo
mundoque non putet? Aut ea quae vix summâ ingenii ratione comprehendat,
nullâ ratione moveri putet?

      From what has been said, it is plain to me, we have a more certain
Knowledge of the Existence of a GOD, than of any thing our Senses
have not immediately discovered to us. Nay, I presume I may say,
that we more certainly know that there is a GOD, than that there
is any thing else without us. When I say we know, I mean there is such
a Knowledge within our reach, which we cannot miss, if we will but
apply our Minds to that, as we do to several other Enquiries.
Locke Hum IV, 10, §6, p. 621