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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            ber. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3131" xml:space="preserve">Now if they were ſo many at one
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            time, we may well conceive, that in all thoſe
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            ſeveral Generations, both before and ſince,
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            the number was much augmented; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3132" xml:space="preserve">and long
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            before this time, did far exceed this ſuppo-
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            ſed multitude of the Stars. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3133" xml:space="preserve">From all which
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            we may infer, that the Scripture-expreſſions
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            in this kind, are to be underſtood according
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            to appearance and common opinion.</s>
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            <s xml:id="echoid-s3135" xml:space="preserve">Another place uſually cited for the ſame
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            purpoſe, to ſhew that the Holy Ghoſt does
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            not ſpeak exactly concerning natural Se-
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            crets; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3136" xml:space="preserve">is that in the Kings and Chronicles,
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              <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0223-01" xlink:href="note-0223-01a" xml:space="preserve">1 Kin.7.23
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              2 Chro.4.2</note>
            which relates unto us the meaſure of Solo-
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            mon's brazen Sea, whoſe Diameter was ten
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            Cubits, and its circumference thirty; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3137" xml:space="preserve">where-
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            as to ſpeak Geometrically, the more exact
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            proportion betwixt the Diameter and the
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            Circumference, is not as ten to thirty, but
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            rather as ſeven to twenty two.</s>
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            <s xml:id="echoid-s3139" xml:space="preserve">But againſt this 'tis objected by
              <note symbol="*" position="right" xlink:label="note-0223-02" xlink:href="note-0223-02a" xml:space="preserve">Roſſ. l.1.
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              ſect. 1. c.8.</note>
            Adverſaries,</s>
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            <s xml:id="echoid-s3140" xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3141" xml:space="preserve">This Sea was not perfectly round, but
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            rather inclining to a ſemicircular Form, as
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            Joſephus affirms.</s>
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          <note position="right" xml:space="preserve">Ant. Fud.
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          lib. 8. c.2.</note>
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            <s xml:id="echoid-s3143" xml:space="preserve">I reply: </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3144" xml:space="preserve">If it were ſo, yet this is ſo much
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            from helping the matter, that it makes it
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            much worſe; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3145" xml:space="preserve">for then the diſproportion
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            will be far greater.</s>
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            <s xml:id="echoid-s3147" xml:space="preserve">But ſecondly, Scripture, which is to be
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            believed before Joſephus, does tell us in ex-
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            preſs tearms, that it was round all about,
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            I King 7. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3148" xml:space="preserve">23.</s>
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