Considerations of the existence of God and of the immortality of the soul, with the recompences of the future state for the cure of infidelity, the hectick evil of the times
Bates, William, 1625-1699.

Chap. 6. Page 22.

The belief of the Deity no Politick Invention. The asserting that 'tis ne∣cessary to preserve States in order, is Page  [unnumbered] a strong proof of its truth. No Histo∣ry intimates when this belief was intro∣duc'd into the World. The continuance of it, argues that its rise was not from a Civil Decree. Princes themselves are under the fears of the Deity. The mul∣titude of false Gods does not prejudice the natural notion of one true God. Ido∣latry was not universal. The Worship of the only true God is preserved where Idolatry is abolished.