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">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">A ſervile and ſuperſtitious fear of de-
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            rogating from the Authority of the Anci-
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            ents, or oppoſing that meaning of Scripture
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            phraſes, wherein the ſuppoſed infallible
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            Church hath for a long time underſtood
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            them. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis made part of the new Creed,
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            ſet forth by Pius the Fourth, 1564. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">That no
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            Man ſhould aſſent unto any interpretation of
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            Scripture, which is not approved of by the
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            Authority of the Fathers. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And this is the
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            reaſon why the Jeſuits, who are otherwife
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            the greateſt affectors of thoſe Opinions,
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            which ſeem to be new and ſubtil, do yet
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            forbear to ſay any thing in defence of this;
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but rather take all occaſions to inveigh a-
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            gainſt it. </s>
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            One of them does expreſly
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            condemn it for a Hereſy. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And ſince him,
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            it hath been called in by
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            two Seſſions ofthe Cardinals, as being an Opinion both ab-
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            ſurd and dangerous. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And therefore like-
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            wiſe do they puniſh it, by caſting the De-
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            fenders of it into the Pope’s trueſt Purga-
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            tory, the Inquiſition: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But yet neither theſe
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            Councels, nor any (that I know of) ſince
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            them, have proceeded to ſuch a peremptory
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            cenſure of it, as to conclude it a Hereſy:
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            <s xml:space="preserve">fearing perhaps, leſt a more exact examina-
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            tion, and the diſcovery of future times, ſind-
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            ing it to be an undeniable Truth, it might
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            redound to the prejudice of their Church,
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            and its Infallibility. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And therefore he that
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            is moſt bitter againſt it, in the heat and vio-
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            lence of Oppoſition, will not call it a Here-
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            ſy: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">the worſt that he dares ſay of it, is,</s>
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