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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19919That the Earth may be a Planet. That it is, Opinio temeraria, quæ altero ſal-
dus Anta-
riſt cap. 5.
tem pede intr avit Hæreſios limen;
A raſh Opi-
nion, and bordering upon Hereſy.
unto this likewiſe he was incited, by the ea-
gerneſs of Diſputation, and a deſire of Vi-
for it ſeems many eminent Men of
that Church before him, were a great deal
more mild and moderate in their cenſures
of it.
Paul the Third, was not ſo much offended
at Copernicus, when he dedicated his Work
unto him.
The Cardinal of Cuſa, does expreſly
maintain this Opinion.
Schombergius, the Cardinal of Capua, did,
with much importunity, and great approba-
tion, beg of Copernicus the Commentaries
that he writ in this kind.
And it ſeems the
Fathers of the Council of Trent, were not
ſuch conſident Defenders of Ptolemy’s Hy-
potheſis againſt Copernicus, as many now are.
For ſpeaking of thoſe intricate Subtilties,
which the Fancies of Men had framed to
maintain the practice of the Church, they
compared them to Aſtronomers, (who (ſay
they) do fain Excentricks and Epicycles, and
ſuch Engines of the Orbs, to ſave the Phæ-
though they know there are no ſuch
But now, becauſe this Opinion of
Copernicus, in later times, hath been ſo ſtrict-
ly forbidden, and puniſhed, it will concern
thoſe of that Religion, to take heed of med-
ling in the defence of it, but rather to ſub-
mit the liberty of their Reaſon, unto

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