Origin of the belief in God
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Belief in God originated along with other parts of religion, and was later prised out as a first principle.
From the propagation of religion, it is not hard to understand the causes of the resolution of the same into its first seeds or principles; which are only an opinion of a deity, and powers invisible and supernatural; that can never be so abolished out of human nature, but that new religions may again be made to spring out of them by the culture of such men as for such purpose are in reputation.
Hobbes, Lev XII 23