Quotation by David Hume

It must appear impossible, that theism could, from reasoning, have been the primary religion of human race, and have afterwards, by its corruption, given birth to polytheism and to all the various superstitions of the heathen world. Reason, when obvious, prevents these corruptions: When abstruse, it keeps the principles entirely from the knowledge of the vulgar, who are alone liable to corrupt any principle or opinion.
David Hume (1711–1776), Scottish philosopher. The Natural History of Religion, sect. 1, p. 312, Green and Grose (1898).
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