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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          <pb o="44" file="0224" n="224" rhead="That the Earth may be a Planet."/>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3150" xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3151" xml:space="preserve">The proportion of the Diameter to
              <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0224-01" xlink:href="note-0224-01a" xml:space="preserve">Roff. Ibid.</note>
            the Circumference, is not exactly the ſame
            as ſeven to two and twenty, but rather leſs.
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3152" xml:space="preserve">I anſwer, Though it be, yet ’tis nearer un-
            to that, than any other number.</s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3153" xml:space="preserve"/>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3154" xml:space="preserve">3. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3155" xml:space="preserve">The Scripture does but according to its
              <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0224-02" xlink:href="note-0224-02a" xml:space="preserve">Ibid.</note>
            uſual cuſtom, ſuppreſs the leſs number, and
            mention only that which is bigger and more
            full. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3156" xml:space="preserve">So in ſome places, Abraham’s
              <note symbol="*" position="left" xlink:label="note-0224-03" xlink:href="note-0224-03a" xml:space="preserve">Gen. 15.</note>
            ſterity is ſaid to remain in the Land of
              <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0224-04" xlink:href="note-0224-04a" xml:space="preserve">13.
              Acts 7. 6.</note>
            Egypt for four hundred Years; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3157" xml:space="preserve">when as not-
            withſtanding other Scriptures tell us,
              <note symbol="" position="left" xlink:label="note-0224-05" xlink:href="note-0224-05a" xml:space="preserve">Exod. 12.</note>
            they tarried there thirty Years longer. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3158" xml:space="preserve">Thus
              <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0224-06" xlink:href="note-0224-06a" xml:space="preserve">41.
              Gal. 3. 17.</note>
            likewiſe in one place, the number of Ja- cob’s Houſe, who came into Egypt, is rec-
              <note symbol="*" position="left" xlink:label="note-0224-07" xlink:href="note-0224-07a" xml:space="preserve">Gen. 46.
            koned to be ſeventy; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3159" xml:space="preserve">whereas
              <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0224-08" xlink:href="note-0224-08a" xml:space="preserve">† Act. 7. 4</note>
            they are ſaid to be ſeventy five.</s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3160" xml:space="preserve"/>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3161" xml:space="preserve">I anſwer: </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3162" xml:space="preserve">All this is ſo ſar from deſtroy-
            ing the force of the preſent Argument, that
            it does rather confirm it, and more clearly
            evidence unto us, that the Scripture does
            not only, not ſpeak exactly in theſe ſubtil
            and more ſecret Points of Philoſophy, but
            alſo, in the ordinary obvious numbring of
            things, does conform unto common cuſtom,
            and often uſe the round number for the
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3163" xml:space="preserve"/>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3164" xml:space="preserve">4. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3165" xml:space="preserve">’Tis yet objected by another
              <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0224-09" xlink:href="note-0224-09a" xml:space="preserve">† Fro-
              mond. Ve
              ſta. @, t a.
              3. c. 2.</note>
            ſary, That we have no reaſon to expect, the
            Holy Ghoſt ſhould reveal unto us this Se-
            cret in Nature, becauſe neither Archimedes,
            nor any other, had then found it out. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3166" xml:space="preserve">I
            reply, and why then ſhould we think that the
            Scripture muſt needs inform us of the </s>