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 Earth may be à Planet.
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            able to find out ſuch a Secret as this, beſides
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            ſome fabulous Pythagoreans, and of late Co-
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            pernicus? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Is it poſſible that the World ſhould
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            laſt for above five thouſand years together,
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            and yet the Inhabitants of it be ſo dull and
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            ſ@upid, as to be unacquainted with its mo-
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            tion? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Nay, ſhall we think that thoſe excel-
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            lent Men, whom the Holy Ghoſt made uſe
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            of in the penning of Scripture, who were
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            extraordinarily inſpired with ſupernatural
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            Truths, ſhould notwithſtanding be ſo groſ-
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            ly ignorant of ſo common a matter as this?
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Can we believe, if there were any ſuch thing,
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            that foſhua, and fob, and David, and Solo-
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            mon, &</s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">c. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ſhould know nothing of it? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Cer-
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            tainly it muſt needs argue a ſtrong aſſectati-
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            on of Singularity, for a Man to take up any
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            groundleſs fancy againſt ſuch antient and
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            general Authority.</s>
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            <note symbol="*" position="left" xlink:label="note-0182-01" xlink:href="note-0182-01a" xml:space="preserve">Alex.
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            Roſſ. de
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            Terræ
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            motu, co@-
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            træ Lan@b.
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            lib. 1. ſect.
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            1. cap. 10</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">I anſwer: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">As we ſhould not be ſo fondly
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            conceited of our ſelves, and the extraordina-
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            ry Abilities of theſe preſent Ages, as to think
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            every thing that is antient to be abſolute:
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Or, as if it muſt needs be with Opinions, as
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            it is with Clothes, where the neweſt is for
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            the moſt part beſt. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So neither ſhould we be ſo
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            ſuperſtitiouſly devoted to Antiquity, as to
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            take up every thing for Canonical, which
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            drops from the pen of aFather, or was appro-
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            ved by the conſent of the Antients. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis an
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            excellent ſaying,
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            Δ{εἶ} ἐλευ θέριον ἐιν{αι} τũ γνώ-
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            μη Τ
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            μέλλοτα φιλοσοφ{εἶ}ν It behoves every
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            one in the ſearch of Truth, always to preſerve
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            aPhiloſophical liberty: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Not to be ſo inſlaved</s>
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