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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22343That the Earth may be a Planet. ber. Now if they were ſo many at one
time, we may well conceive, that in all thoſe
ſeveral Generations, both before and ſince,
the number was much augmented;
and long
before this time, did far exceed this ſuppo-
ſed multitude of the Stars.
From all which
we may infer, that the Scripture-expreſſions
in this kind, are to be underſtood according
to appearance and common opinion.
Another place uſually cited for the ſame
purpoſe, to ſhew that the Holy Ghoſt does
not ſpeak exactly concerning natural Se-
crets;
is that in the Kings and Chronicles,
111 Kin.7.23
2 Chro.4.2
which relates unto us the meaſure of Solo-
mon's brazen Sea, whoſe Diameter was ten
Cubits, and its circumference thirty;
where-
as to ſpeak Geometrically, the more exact
proportion betwixt the Diameter and the
Circumference, is not as ten to thirty, but
rather as ſeven to twenty two.
But againſt this 'tis objected by 22Roſſ. l.1.
ſect. 1. c.8.
Adverſaries,
1. This Sea was not perfectly round, but
rather inclining to a ſemicircular Form, as
Joſephus affirms.
33Ant. Fud.
lib. 8. c.2.
I reply: If it were ſo, yet this is ſo much
from helping the matter, that it makes it
much worſe;
for then the diſproportion
will be far greater.
But ſecondly, Scripture, which is to be
believed before Joſephus, does tell us in ex-
preſs tearms, that it was round all about,
I King 7.
23.

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