What are the main arguments in Bacon's "Of Superstition?" Does he use a counterargument?

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Bacon, in short, argues that superstition—by which, we should be clear, he means Catholicism—is a corrupting influence in society. He goes so far as to say that even atheism is better than superstition, because, in his words, it is "better to have no opinion of God at all, than such an opinion as is unworthy of him." Atheism at least leaves open the possibility that a man might embrace philosophy, laws, and other avenues for critical thought, whereas superstition blunts these...

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