He had fits of superstition which in healthier moments he despised.
The young king regarded him with an affection which the superstition of the time attributed to witchcraft.
This superstition dominated Scotland.
The old Hebrew prohibition of graven images was surely based on a like superstition, so far as it was not merely due to the physical impossibility for nomads of heavy statues that do not admit of being carried from camp to camp and from pasture to pasture.
He had made a copy of St Paul's epistles and committed them to memory, and from this arsenal of Scripture he attacked the unrighteousness of the state no less than the superstition of the Church.