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 a Planet.
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            Command of their Superiors, and (which
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            is very abſurd) even in natural Queſtions,
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            not to aſſent unto any thing, but what Au-
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            thority ſhall allow of.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">3. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">A judging of things by Sence, rather
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            than by Diſcourſe and Reaſon: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">a tying of
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            the meaning of Scripture, to the Letter of
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            it; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and from thence concluding Philoſophi-
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            cal Points, together with an ignorance of
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            all thoſe grounds and probabilities in Aſtro-
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            nomy, upon which this Opinion is bottomed.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">And this, in all likelihood, is the reaſon why
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            ſome Men, who in other things perhaps are
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            able Scholars, do write ſo vehemently againſt
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            it: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and why the common People in general
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            do cry it down, as being abſurd and ridicu-
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            lous. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Under this head I might refer the op-
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            poſition of Mr. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Fuller, Al. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Roſſ, &</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But now, no prejudice that may ariſe from
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            the bare Authority of ſuch Enemies as theſe,
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            will be liable to ſway the judgment of an
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            indifferent conſidering Man; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and I doubt
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            not but that he who will throughly weigh
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            with himſelf theſe Particulars that are here
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            propounded, may find ſome ſatisfaction for
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            theſe Arguments, which are taken from the
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            ſeeming Novelty and Singularity of this
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            Opinion.</s>
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