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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            tilia, not ſuch curioſities of Nature as are
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            not eaſily apprehended.</s>
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            <s xml:id="echoid-s2827" xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2828" xml:space="preserve">’Tis not only beſides that which is the
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            chief purpoſe of theſe places, but it might
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            happen alſo to be ſomewhat oppoſite unto
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            it. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2829" xml:space="preserve">For Men being naturally unapt to be-
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            lieve any thing that ſeems contrary to their
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            ſenſes, might upon this begin to queſtion
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            the Authority of that Book which affirmed
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            it, or at leaſt to wreſt Scripture ſome wrong
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            way, to force it to ſome other ſence which
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            might be more agreeable to their own falſe
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            Imagination. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2830" xml:space="preserve"> Tertullian tells us of
              <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0204-01" xlink:href="note-0204-01a" xml:space="preserve">* Præſcript
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              cap. 17.</note>
            Hereticks, who when they were plainly con-
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            futed out of any Scripture, would preſently
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            accuſe thoſe Texts or Books to be Fallible,
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            and of no Authority; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2831" xml:space="preserve">and rather yield
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            Scripture to be erroneous, than forgo thoſe
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            Tenents for which they thought there was
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            ſo good reaſon. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2832" xml:space="preserve">So likewiſe might it have
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            been in theſe Points, which ſeem to bear in
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            them ſo much contradiction to the ſenſes
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            and common opinion: </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2833" xml:space="preserve">and therefore ’tis
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            excellent advice ſet down by S. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2834" xml:space="preserve">Auſtin;</s>
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              <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0204-02" xlink:href="note-0204-02a" xml:space="preserve">* InGeneſ.
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              Addit l. 2.
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              in fine.</note>
            Quod nibil credere de re obſcurá temere debe-
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            mus, ne forte quod postea veritas patefecerit,
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            quamvis libris ſanctis, ſive Teſtamenti veteris,
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            ſive novi, nullo modo eſſe poſſit adverſum, ta-
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            men propter amorem noſtri erroris oderimus:
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            <s xml:id="echoid-s2836" xml:space="preserve">That we ſhould not haſtily ſettle our Opi-
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            nions concerning any obſcure matter, leſt
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            afterwards, the Truth being diſcovered,
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            (which however it may ſeem, cannot be
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            repugnant to any thing in Scripture) </s>
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