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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21333That the Earth may be a Planet. with divers ſuch ſtories. And 'tis ſcarce
credible, that this ſhould have been omitted
amongſt the reſt.
Nay, we have (as many gueſs) ſome
hints from prophane Antiquity, of the Mira-
cle wrought by Joſhua.
Unto which, ’tis
thought, the Ancients did allude, in the Fa-
ble of Phaëton, when the Sun was ſo irregu-
lar in his courſe, that he burnt ſome part of
the World.
And queſtionleſs then, this
whith hapned in later Times, would not
have been ſo wholly forgotten.
'Tis an Ar-
gument urged by Origen, That the 11* Tract it.
35. in Mat.
at our Saviour's Paſſion was not univerſal,
becauſe no prophane Author of thoſe times
mentions it.
Which Conſequence is the ve-
ry ſame with that which is urged in this
But by the way, his Antecedent was
falſe, ſince Tertullian affirms, That it 22+ Apolog @.
cap. 21.
recorded among the Roman Annals.
Now, as for that ſtory in Herodotus, where
33Lib. 2. A. after he had related the flight of Senacherib,
he tells us, how the Sun did, four times in
the ſpace of 10340 Years, invert his courſe,
and riſe in the Weſt;
which would ſeem ſo
unto other Nations, if he had only returned,
as many conclude, from this Scripture.
for this ſtory, (I ſay) it cannot well be ur-
ged as pertinent to the preſent buſineſs, be-
cauſe it ſeems to have reference unto Times
that never were.
So that all theſe things being well conſi-
dered, we ſhall find it more probable,

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