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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            in it all kind of Truths; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and that every
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            meaning was true, which by the Letter of
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            it, or by Cabaliſtical Interpretations, might
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            be found out.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Now as it hath been with them, ſo like-
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            wiſe hath it hapned in proportion unto o-
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            thers; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">who by a ſuperſtitious adhering un-
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            to the bare words of Scripture, have expo-
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            ſed themſelves unto many ſtrange Errors.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus
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            S. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Baſil holds, That next to the Sun,
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            the Moon is bigger than any of the Stars,
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            becauſe Moſes does call them only two great
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            Lights.</s>
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            <note symbol="*" position="right" xlink:label="note-0239-01" xlink:href="note-0239-01a" xml:space="preserve">Enarrat.
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            in Gen.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus others maintain, That there are
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            Waters, properly ſo called, above the ſtar-
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            ry Firmament, becauſe of thoſe vulgar ex-
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            preſſions in Scripture, which in their literal
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            ſenſe do mention them. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Of this opinion
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            were many of the Ancients, Philo, Joſeph{us};
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and ſince them the Fathers,
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            Juſtin Mar-
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            tyr,
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            Theodoret,
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            Auſtin,
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            Ambroſe,
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            Baſil, and almoſt all the reſt. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Since
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            them, ſundry other learned Men, as Bede,
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            Strabo, Damaſcen, Tho. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Aquinas, &</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">If
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            you ask for what purpoſe they were placed
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            here? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Juſtin Martyr tells us, for theſe two
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            ends: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Firſt, To cool the heat that might o-
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            therwiſe ariſe from the motion of the ſolid
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            Orbs; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and hence it is (ſay they) that Sa-
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            turn is colder than any of the other Planets,
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            becauſe tho he move faſter, yet he is nearer
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            to theſe Waters. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Secondly, To preſs and
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            keep down the Heavens, leſt the frequency
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            and violence of Winds, might break and</s>
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