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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            tilia, not ſuch curioſities of Nature as are
            not eaſily apprehended.</s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2826" xml:space="preserve"/>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2827" xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2828" xml:space="preserve">’Tis not only beſides that which is the
            chief purpoſe of theſe places, but it might
            happen alſo to be ſomewhat oppoſite unto
            it. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2829" xml:space="preserve">For Men being naturally unapt to be-
            lieve any thing that ſeems contrary to their
            ſenſes, might upon this begin to queſtion
            the Authority of that Book which affirmed
            it, or at leaſt to wreſt Scripture ſome wrong
            way, to force it to ſome other ſence which
            might be more agreeable to their own falſe
            Imagination. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2830" xml:space="preserve"> Tertullian tells us of
              <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0204-01" xlink:href="note-0204-01a" xml:space="preserve">* Præſcript
              cap. 17.</note>
            Hereticks, who when they were plainly con-
            futed out of any Scripture, would preſently
            accuſe thoſe Texts or Books to be Fallible,
            and of no Authority; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2831" xml:space="preserve">and rather yield
            Scripture to be erroneous, than forgo thoſe
            Tenents for which they thought there was
            ſo good reaſon. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2832" xml:space="preserve">So likewiſe might it have
            been in theſe Points, which ſeem to bear in
            them ſo much contradiction to the ſenſes
            and common opinion: </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2833" xml:space="preserve">and therefore ’tis
            excellent advice ſet down by S. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2834" xml:space="preserve">Auſtin;</s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2835" xml:space="preserve">
              <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0204-02" xlink:href="note-0204-02a" xml:space="preserve">* InGeneſ.
              Addit l. 2.
              in fine.</note>
            Quod nibil credere de re obſcurá temere debe-
            mus, ne forte quod postea veritas patefecerit,
            quamvis libris ſanctis, ſive Teſtamenti veteris,
            ſive novi, nullo modo eſſe poſſit adverſum, ta-
            men propter amorem noſtri erroris oderimus:
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2836" xml:space="preserve">That we ſhould not haſtily ſettle our Opi-
            nions concerning any obſcure matter, leſt
            afterwards, the Truth being diſcovered,
            (which however it may ſeem, cannot be
            repugnant to any thing in Scripture) </s>