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 Moon may be a World.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">So that in the firſt ſenſe, Iyield, that there
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            is but one World, which is all that the Argu-
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            ments do prove; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but underſtand it in the ſe-
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            cond ſenſe, and ſo I affirm, there may be more,
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            nor do any of the above named Objections
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            prove the contrary.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Neither can this Opinion derogate from the
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            Divine Wiſdom (as Aquinas thinks) but rather
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            Advance it, ſhewing a Gompendium of Provi-
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            dence, that could make the ſame Body a
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            World, and a Moon; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">a World for Habitation,
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            and a Moon for the uſe of others, and the Or-
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            nament of the whole Frame of Nature. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">For as
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            the Members of the Body ſerve not only for
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            the Preſervation of themſelves, but for the
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            Uſe and Convenience of the whole, as the
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            Hand protects the Head, as well as ſaves its
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            ſelf; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ſo is it in the parts of the Univerſe,
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            where each one may ſerve as well for the
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            Converſation of that which is within it, as the
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            Help of others without it.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0038-01" xlink:href="note-0038-01a" xml:space="preserve">Cuſanus de
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            doct. igner.
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            1. 2. c. 12.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Merſennus a late Jeſuit, Propoſing the Queſti-
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            on, whether or no the opinion of more Worlds
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            than one, be Heretical, and againſt the Faith?
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            <s xml:space="preserve">He anſwers it negatively, becauſe it does not
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            Contradict any expreſs place of Scripture, or
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            Determination of the Church. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And though
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            (ſaith he) it ſeems to be a raſh Opinion, as be-
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            ing againſt the Conſent of the Fathers; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">yet, if
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            this Controverſie be chiefly Philoſophical, then
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            their Authorities are not of ſuch Weight. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Un-
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            to this it may be added, that the conſent of the
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            Fathers is prevalent only in ſuch Points as were
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            firſt controverted amongſt them, and then ge-
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            nerally decided one way, and not in ſuch other</s>
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