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="5" file="0185" n="185" rhead="That the Earth may be a Planet."/>
            Or, how might any thing confirmed be,
            For publick uſe, by its Antiquity?</s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2546" xml:space="preserve"/>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2547" xml:space="preserve">But for more full ſatisfaction of all thoſe
            ſcruples that may ariſe from the ſeeming
            Novelty or Singularity of this Opinion, I
            ſhall propoſe theſe following conſiderations.</s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2548" xml:space="preserve"/>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2549" xml:space="preserve">Suppoſe it were a Novelty: </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2550" xml:space="preserve">Yet ’tis in
              <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0185-01" xlink:href="note-0185-01a" xml:space="preserve">Conſid. 1.</note>
            Philoſophy, and that is made up of nothing
            elſe; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2551" xml:space="preserve">but receives addition from every days
            experiment. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2552" xml:space="preserve">True indeed, for Divinity we
            have an infallible rule that do’s plainly in-
            form us of all neceſſary Truths; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2553" xml:space="preserve">and there-
            fore the Primitive Times are of greater Au-
            thority, becauſe they were nearer to thoſe
            holy Men who were the Pen-Men of Scrip-
            ture. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2554" xml:space="preserve">But now for Philoſophy, there is no
            ſuch reaſon: </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2555" xml:space="preserve">Whatever the School-Men
            may talk; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2556" xml:space="preserve">yet Ariſtotle’s works are not
            neceſſarily true, and he himſelf hath by ſuf-
            ficient Arguments proved himſelf to be lia-
            ble unto errour. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2557" xml:space="preserve">Now in this caſe, if we
            ſhould ſpeak properly, Antiquity does con-
            ſiſt in the old age of the World, not in the
            youth of it. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2558" xml:space="preserve">In ſuch Learning as may be in-
            creaſed by freſh experiments and new diſ-
            co eries: </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2559" xml:space="preserve">’Tis we are the Fathers, and of
            more Authority than former Ages; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2560" xml:space="preserve">becauſe
            we have the advantage of more time than
            they had, and Truth (we ſay) is the Daugh-
            ter of Time. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2561" xml:space="preserve">However, there is nothing
            in this Opinion ſo Magiſterially propoſed,
            but the Reader may uſe his own liberty;
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2562" xml:space="preserve">and if all the reaſons conſidered </s>