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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23959That the Earth may be a Planet. in it all kind of Truths; and that every
meaning was true, which by the Letter of
it, or by Cabaliſtical Interpretations, might
be found out.
Now as it hath been with them, ſo like-
wiſe hath it hapned in proportion unto o-
who by a ſuperſtitious adhering un-
to the bare words of Scripture, have expo-
ſed themſelves unto many ſtrange Errors.
Thus S. Baſil holds, That next to the 11Enarrat.
in Gen.
the Moon is bigger than any of the Stars,
becauſe Moſes does call them only two great
Thus others maintain, That there are
Waters, properly ſo called, above the ſtar-
ry Firmament, becauſe of thoſe vulgar ex-
preſſions in Scripture, which in their literal
ſenſe do mention them.
Of this opinion
were many of the Ancients, Philo, Joſeph{us};
and ſince them the Fathers, Juſtin 22Reſp.
ad queſ. 93
tyr, Theodoret, Auſtin, 33Queſt,
11. ſup.
Dei, lib. 11
cap. ult.
Baſil, and almoſt all the reſt.
3. in Gen:
them, ſundry other learned Men, as Bede,
Strabo, Damaſcen, Tho.
Aquinas, & c. If
you ask for what purpoſe they were placed
Juſtin Martyr tells us, for theſe two
Firſt, To cool the heat that might o-
therwiſe ariſe from the motion of the ſolid
and hence it is (ſay they) that Sa-
turn is colder than any of the other Planets,
becauſe tho he move faſter, yet he is nearer
to theſe Waters.
Secondly, To preſs and
keep down the Heavens, leſt the frequency
and violence of Winds, might break

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