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.
makes them either altogether unfit to remain
there, where they are, or elſe keeps them long
ere they can put off their Souls.
Thus you ſee
Plutarch’s Opinion concerning the Inhabitants
and Neighbours of the Moon, which (accor-
ding to the manner of the Academicks) he de-
livers in a third Perſon;
you ſee he makes
that Planet an inferiour kind of Heaven,
and though he differ in many Circumſtan-
ces, yet doth he ceſcribe it to be ſome ſuch
place as we ſuppoſe Paradiſe to be.
You ſee
likewiſe his Opinion concerning the place
of the damned Spirits, that it is in the middle
Region of the Air;
and in neither of theſe is
he ſingular, but ſome more late and Orthodox
Writers have agreed with him.
As for the
place of Hell, many think it may be in the Air,
as well as any where elſe.
True indeed, St. Auſtin affirms that this
De Civit.
Dei. l. 22.
c. 16.
place cannot be diſcover’d;
but others there
are who can ſhew the Situation of it out of
Scripture;
ſome holding it to be in another
World without this, becauſe our Saviour calls
it {Χomi2;
}τ{ος} {ὀξ}ωτι{ρο}υ outward darkneſs. But the
Mat. 25.
30.
moſt will have it placed towards the Centre
of our Earth, becauſe ’tis ſaid, Chriſt deſcen-
ded into the lower parts of the Earth;
and
Eph. 4. 9.ſome of theſe are ſo confident, that this is its
Situation, that they can deſcribe you its big-
neſs alſo, and of what Capacity it is.
Francis
Ribera in his Comment on the Revelations,
ſpeaking of thoſe Words, where ’tis ſaid, that
Rev.14.20.the blood went out of the Wine-preſs, even unto the
Horſes Bridles by the ſpace of one Thouſand Six
Hundred Furlongs, interprets them to be meant

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