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From the December 1944 issue of The Christian Science Journal

THE farther back we look into the history of mankind, the more plainly we see how the idolatrous tendencies of primitive man have multiplied; indeed, the record shows the human mind to have been immersed in idolatry from its very beginning. Lord Bacon in his "Novum Organum" classified the idols of the human race by dividing them into four distinct groups thus: "Idols of the tribe, idols of the den [fallacies due to personal causes], idols of the market [those due to the influence of words or phrases], and idols of the theater [those due to misconceptions of philosophic system or demonstration].