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.
4. Becauſe Obſervation tells us, that the
ſpotted parts are always ſmooth, and equal,
having every where an equality of Light when
once they are enlightned by the Sun, whereas
the brighter parts are full of rugged Gibboſi-
ties and Mountains, having many Shades in
them, as I ſhall ſhew more at large afterwards.
That in this Planet there muſt be Seas,
Campanella indeavours to prove out of Scrip-
ture, interpreting the Waters above the Firma-
Apologia pro
ment ſpoken in Geneſis, to be meant of the Sea
in this World.
For (ſaith he) ’tis not likely
that there are any ſuch waters above the
Orbs to moderate that Heat which they re-
ceive from their ſwift Motion (as ſome of the
Fathers think.)
Nor did Moſes mean the An-
Vide Iron.
Epiſt. ad
um. Con-
feſſion. l. 13.
c. 32. Re-
tracted. lib.
2. Retr.
cap. 6.
gels which may be called Spiritual Waters, as
Origen and Auſtin would have it, for both theſe
are rejected by general conſent:
Nor could
he mean any Waters in the ſecond Region, as
moſt Commentators interpret it:
For firſt,
there is nothing but Vapors, which tho’ they
are afterwards turned into Water, yet while
they remain there, they are only the matter
of that Element, which may as well be Fire,
or Earth, or Air.
Secondly, thoſe Vapours
are not above the Expanſum, but in it.
So that
he thinks there is no other way to ſalve all,
but by making the Planets ſeveral Worlds with
Sea and Land, with ſuch Rivers and Springs
as we have here below:
Eſpecially ſince Eſdras
2 Eſdr. 4.7ſpeaks of the Springs above the Firmament.
But I cannot agree with him in this, nor do I
think that any ſuch thing can be proved out of

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