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.
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            therefore uſes a popular phraſe: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ſo as ordi-
            nary People, without the help of Arts and
            Learning, might eaſily underſtand him.
            <s xml:space="preserve">And in another place, Non fuit Spiritus
            Sancti concilium Aſtrologiam docere : </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">'It was
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            ‘ not the purpoſe of the Holy Ghoſt to teach
            ‘ us Aſtronomy : </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but being to propound a
            ‘ Doctrine, that concerns the moſt rude and
            ‘ ſimple People, he does (both by Moſes
            ‘ and the Prophets) conform himſelf unto
            ‘ their phraſes and conceits : </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">leſt any ſhould
            ‘ think to excuſe his own ignorance with the
            ‘ pretence of difficulty; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">as Men commonly
            ‘ do in thoſe things which are delivered af-
            ‘ ter a learned and ſublime manner. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus
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            likewiſe, Moſes majorem rationem
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            habuit noſtri humanique judicii, &</s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">c. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">'When
            ‘ Moſes calls the Moon a Great Light; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">he
            ‘ had a more eſpecial reference to Mens Opi-
            ‘ nions of it, than to the truth of the thing
            ‘ it ſelf, becauſe he was to deal with ſuch,
            ‘ who do judg uſually, rather by their Senſe,
            ‘ than by their Reaſon. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Nor will that di-
            ſtinction of Fromondus, and others, avoid
            this interpretation, when he tells us of Mag-
            nus Materialis; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">which refers to the bulk and
            quantity of the Body: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and Magnum Formale,
            which imports the greatneſs of its Light.
            <s xml:space="preserve">For we grant, that it is really unto us a
            greater Light than any of the Stars, or than
            all of them together; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">yet there is not any
            one of them, but is in it ſelf a bigger Light
            than this: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And therefore, when we ſay this
            ſpeech is to be underſtood according to its</s>