Wilkins, John, A discovery of a new world : or a discourse tending to prove, that 'tis probable there may be another Habitable World in the Moon ; with a discourse concerning the Probability of a Passage thither; unto which is added, a discourse concerning a New Planet, tending to prove, that 'tis probable our earth is one of the Planets

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That the Moon may be a World.
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            to him, as he ſaid to his Maſter Plato, ἀμφοῖν
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            {γὰ}ρὄνται φιλοιν, ὅσιν {ωρο}τιμᾶν τὴνἀλή θ{ει}ν ‘Though
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            ‘Plato were his Friend, yet he would rather
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            ‘adhere to Truth, than him.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0030-01" xlink:href="note-0030-01a" xml:space="preserve">Ethic. l. 1.
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            c. 9.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">I muſt needs grant, that we are all much
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            beholden to the Induſtry of the Ancient Philo-
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            ſophers, and more eſpecially to Ariſtotle, for
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            the greater part of our Learning; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but yet ’tis
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            not Ingratitude to ſpeak againſt him, when he
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            oppoſeth Truth; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for then many of the Fathers
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            would be very Guilty, eſpecially Juſtin, who
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            hath writ a Treatiſe purpoſely againſt him.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But ſuppoſe this opinion were falſe, yet ’tis
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            not againſt the Faith, and ſo it may ſerve for
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            the better confirmation of that which is True;
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            <s xml:space="preserve">the Sparks of Errour, being forced out by
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            Oppoſition, as the Sparks of Fire by the ſtrike-
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            ing of the Flint and Steel. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But ſuppoſe too,
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            that it were Heretical, and againſt the Faith,
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            yet may it be admitted with the ſame Privi-
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            ledge as Ariſtotle, from whom many more
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            dangerous Opinions have proceeded; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">as, That
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            the World is Eternal, That God cannot have
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            while to look after theſe Inferiour things; </s>
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            That after Death there is no Reward or Pu-
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            niſhment, and ſuch like Blaſphemies, which
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            ſtrike directly at the Fundamentals of our Re-
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            ligion.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">So that it is juſtly to be wondred, why
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            ſome ſhould be ſo Superſtitious in theſe Days,
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            as to ſtick cloſer unto him, than unto Scripture,
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            as if his Philoſophy were the only Foundation
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            of all Divine Truths.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Upon theſe Grounds, both St. </s>
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            and Serafinus de firmo (as I have ſeen them</s>
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