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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            ſelf unto the conceit of the Vulgar, and the
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            uſual Opinion: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">whereas, if in the more
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            proper phraſe it had been ſaid, That the
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            Earth did riſe and ſet; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">or, that the Earth
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            ſtood ſtill, & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">c. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">the People who had been
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            unacquainted with that ſecret in Philoſophy,
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            would not have underſtood the meaning of
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            it, and therefore it was convenient, that they
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            ſhould be ſpoken unto in their own Lan-
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            guage.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Ay, but you will reply, It ſhould ſeem more
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            likely, if there had been any ſuch thing,
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            that the Holy Ghoſt ſhould uſe the trueſt
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            expreſſions: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for then he would at the ſame
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            time have informed them of the thing, and
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            reformed them in an error: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ſince his Autho-
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            rity alone had been ſufficient to have recti-
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            fied the Miſtake.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">I anſwer: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Though it were, yet ’tis be-
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            ſide the chief ſcope of thoſe place, to inſtruct
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            us in any Philoſophical Points, as hath
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            been proved in the former Book ; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">eſpecially
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            when theſe things are neither neceſſary in
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            themſelves, nor do neceſſarily induce to a
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            more full underſtanding of that which is the
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            main buſineſs of thoſe Scriptures. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But now
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            the People might better conceive the mean-
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            ing of the Holy Ghoſt, when he does con-
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            form himſelf unto their Capacities and Opi-
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            nions, than when he talks exactly of things
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            in ſuch a proper phraſe, as is beyond their
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            reach: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And therefore ’tis ſaid in Iſaiah, I
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            am the Lord, which teacheth thee utilia, profi-
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            table things: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">where the gloſs has it, non ſub-</s>
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