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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            <s xml:space="preserve">Another proof like unto this, is taken
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            from St. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Peter, Epiſt. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Cap. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">3. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">v. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">5. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">where
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            he ſpeaks of the Earth ſtanding out of the
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            Water, and in the Water, {γῆ} συνεςῶσα;
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            <s xml:space="preserve">and therefore the Earth is immoveable.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">I anſwer: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis evident that the word
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            here is equivalent with fuit: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and the ſcope
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            of the Apoſtle is, to ſhew, that God made
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            all the Earth; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">both that which was above
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            the Water, and that which was under it.
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So that from this expreſſion, to collect the
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            reſt and immobility of the Earth, would be
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            fuch an Argument as this other. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Such a
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            Man made that part of a Mill-wheel; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">or a
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            Ship, which ſtands below the Water, and
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            that part which ſtands above the Water; </s>
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            therefore thoſe things are immoveable.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">To ſuch vain and idle Conſequences, does
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            the heat of Oppoſition drive our Adver-
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            ſaries.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">A third Argument, ſtronger than either
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            of the former, they conceive may be col-
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            lected from thoſe
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            Scriptures: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">where ’tisſaid, The VVorld is eſtabliſhed, that it cannot
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            be moved.</s>
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            <note symbol="*" position="left" xlink:label="note-0250-01" xlink:href="note-0250-01a" xml:space="preserve">1 Chron.
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            16.30.
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            Pſal.93.1.
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            Item 96.
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            10.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">To which, I anſwer: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Theſe places ſpeak
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            of the World in general, and not particu-
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            larly of our Earth; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and therefore may as
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            well prove the immobility of the Heavens,
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            they being the greateſt part of the World;
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">in compariſon to which, our Earth is but as
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            an inſenſible Point.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">If you reply, that the word in theſe pla-
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            ces is to be underſtood by a Synechdoche, as</s>
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