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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            ſhould hate that, out of love to the Error
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            that we have before entertained. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">A little
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            reading may inform us how theſe Texts have
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            been abuſed to ſtrange and unmeant Alle-
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            gories, which have mentioned any natural
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            Truth in ſuch a manner as was not agree-
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            able to Mens Conceits. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And beſides, if the
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            Holy Ghoſt had propounded unto us any
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            Secrets in Philoſophy, we ſhould have been
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            apt to be ſo buſied about them, as to neg-
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            lect other Matters of greater importance.
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And therefore Saint Auſtin propoſing the
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            Queſtion, What ſhould be the reaſon why
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            the Scripture does not clearly ſet down any
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            thing concerning the Nature, Figure, Mag-
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            nitude, and Motion of the Heavenly Orbs?
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            <s xml:space="preserve">he anſwers it thus: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The Holy Ghoſt being
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            to deliver more neceſſary Truths, would
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            not inſert theſe, leſt Men, according to the
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            pravity of their Diſpoſitions, ſhould neglect
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            the more weighty Matters, and beſtow their
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            thoughts about the ſpeculative natural
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            Points, which were leſs needful. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So that it
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            might ſeem more convenient, that the Scrip-
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            ture ſhould not meddle with the revealing
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            of theſe unlikely Secrets, eſpecially when
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            it is to deliver unto us many other Myſte-
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            ries of greater neceſſity, which ſeem to be
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            directly oppoſite to our ſenſe and reaſon. </s>
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            And therefore, I ſay, the Holy Ghoſt might
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            purpoſely omit the treating of theſe Philo-
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            ſophical Secrets, till time and future diſco-
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            very, might with leiſure ſettle them in the
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            opinion of others: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">As he is pleaſed, in other</s>
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