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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            makes them either altogether unfit to remain
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            there, where they are, or elſe keeps them long
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            ere they can put off their Souls. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus you ſee
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            Plutarch’s Opinion concerning the Inhabitants
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            and Neighbours of the Moon, which (accor-
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            ding to the manner of the Academicks) he de-
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            livers in a third Perſon; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">you ſee he makes
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            that Planet an inferiour kind of Heaven,
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            and though he differ in many Circumſtan-
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            ces, yet doth he ceſcribe it to be ſome ſuch
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            place as we ſuppoſe Paradiſe to be. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">You ſee
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            likewiſe his Opinion concerning the place
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            of the damned Spirits, that it is in the middle
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            Region of the Air; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and in neither of theſe is
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            he ſingular, but ſome more late and Orthodox
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            Writers have agreed with him. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">As for the
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            place of Hell, many think it may be in the Air,
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            as well as any where elſe.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">True indeed, St. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Auſtin affirms that this
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            place cannot be diſcover’d; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but others there
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            are who can ſhew the Situation of it out of
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            Scripture; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ſome holding it to be in another
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            World without this, becauſe our Saviour calls
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            it {Χomi2;</s>
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            τ{ος} {ὀξ}ωτι{ρο}υ outward darkneſs. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But the
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            moſt will have it placed towards the Centre
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            of our Earth, becauſe ’tis ſaid, Chriſt deſcen-
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            ded into the lower parts of the Earth; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and
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            ſome of theſe are ſo confident, that this is its
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            Situation, that they can deſcribe you its big-
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            neſs alſo, and of what Capacity it is. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Francis
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            Ribera in his Comment on the Revelations,
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            ſpeaking of thoſe Words, where ’tis ſaid, that
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            the blood went out of the Wine-preſs, even unto the
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            Horſes Bridles by the ſpace of one Thouſand Six
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            Hundred Furlongs, interprets them to be meant</s>
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