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.
Ad 8. We grant, that the Earth is firm
and ſtable from all ſuch motions, whereby
it is jogged, or uncertainly ſhaken.
Ad 9. 1. For the authority of thoſe Di-
vines, which he urges for the interpretation
of theſe Scriptures;
this will be but a weak
Argument againſt that Opinion which is al-
ready granted to be a Paradox.
2. The Scriptures themſelves, in their
right meaning, will not at all conduce to the
preſent purpoſe.
As for that in Iſaiah, if we conſult the
coherence, we ſhall find that the ſcope of
the Prophet, is to ſet forth the Glory of
the Church Triumphant.
Wherein (he
ſays) there ſhall not be any need of the Sun
or Moon, but God's preſence ſhall ſupply
them both:
For the Lord ſhall be unto thee an
everlaſting Light, and thy God thy Glory,
19. and as for this Sun and Moon, it
ſhall not go down, or withdraw it ſelf;
he ſhall be an Everlaſting Light, without in-
So that ’tis evident, he ſpeaks
Vid. Rev.
21.13. i-
tem c. 22.
ver. 5.
of that Light which ſhall hereafter be, in-
ſtead of the Sun and Moon.
As for that in the Revelations, we yield,
that Time ſhall ceaſe;
but to ſay that this
depends upon the ceſſation of the Heavens,
is to beg the Queſtion, and to ſuppoſe that
which is to be proved, viz.
that Time is
meaſured by the Motion of the Heavens,
and not of the Earth.
Perrerius (fromGen. c. 1.
l. 2. quæſt. 6
whom this laft Argument was borrowed
without acknowledgment) might have told

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