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

Page concordance

< >
Scan Original
101 89
102 90
103 91
104 92
105 93
106 94
107 95
108 96
109 97
110 98
111 99
112 100
113 101
114 102
115 103
116 104
117 105
118 106
119 107
120 108
121 109
122 110
123 111
124 112
125 113
126 114
127 115
128 116
129 117
130 118
< >
page |< < (40) of 370 > >|
That the Earth may be a Planet.
miſtake, 'tis likely did ariſe that groundleſs
obſervation of the ancient Jews;
who would
not admit any to read the beginning of Ge-
neſis, till he was arrived to thirty Years of
Age.
The true reaſen of which, wa this;
not becanſe that Book was harder than any
other;
but becauſe Moſes conforming his
expreſlion to vulgar Conceits, and they exa-
mining of them by more exact rules of Phi-
loſophy, were fain to force upon them ma-
ny ſtrange Allegories, and unnatural Myſte-
ries.
Thus alſo, becauſe for the moſt part we
conceive the Stars to be innumerable, there-
fore doth the Holy Ghoſt often ſpeak of
them in reſerence to this opinion.
So Jere-
my:
As the Hoſt of Heaven cannot be num-
Jer. 35. 22bred, neither the Sand of the Sea meaſured ſo
will I multiply the Seed of David.
So likewiſe
when God would comfort Abraham with the
promiſe of a numberleſs Poſterity, he bids
him look up to Heayen, and tells him, that
his Seed ſhould be like thoſe Stars for num-
Gen. 15 5.ber:
Which, ſaith Clavius, IntelligendumIn 1. cup.
Sphæræ.
eſt ſecundum communem ſententiam vulgi, ex-
iſtimantis infinitam eſſe multitudinem ſtellarum,
dum eas nocte ſerena confusè intuetur;
is to be
underſtood according to the common opi-
nion of the Vulgar, who think the Stars to
be of an inſinite multitude, whilſt they be-
hold them all (as they ſeem confuſed) in
a clear Night.
And though many of our
Divines do commonly interpret this Speech
to be an Hyperbole;
yet being well conſidered,

Text layer

  • Dictionary

Text normalization

  • Original

Search


  • Exact
  • All forms
  • Fulltext index
  • Morphological index