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.
† objected; If Pythagoras were of this Opi-
† Alex.
Roſſ. l. 2. ſc.
2. c. 10.
nion, yet his Authority ſhould not be of any
credit, becauſe he was the Author of many
other monſtrous abſurdities.
To this I anſwer: If a Mans errour in ſome
particulars ſhould take away his credit for
every thing elſe, this would aboliſh the force
of all human Authority;
for humanum eſt er-
rare.
Secondly, ’tis probable that many of
Pythagoras’s ſayings which ſeem ſo abſurd,
are not to be underſtood according to their
letter, but in a myſtical ſenſe.
2. But he objects again, that Pythagor as
was not of this Opinion;
and that for two
reaſons:
Firſt, becauſe no Antient Author
that he had read aſcribes it unto him.
Second-
ly, it is contradictory to his other Opinions,
concerning the Harmony that was made by
the motion of the Heavens;
which could not
conſiſt with this other of the Earth’s moti-
on.
To the FirſtI anſwer: The Objector could
not chuſe but know that this Aſſertion is by
many Antient Authors aſcribed to that ſect,
whereof Pythagoras was the chief.
He might
have ſeen it expreſly in Ariſtotle himſelf:
De Calo.
lib. 2. c. 13.
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