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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3927That the Moon may be a World. particulars as never fell under their Examinati-
on and Diſpute.
I have now in ſome Meaſure, ſhewed that
a Plurality of Worlds does not contradict any
Principle of Reaſon, or place of Scripture,
and ſo clear'd the firſt part of that Suppoſition
which is imply'd in the Opinion.
It may next be enquir'd, whether ’tis poſſi-
ble there may be a Globe of Elements in that
which we call the Æthereal parts of the Uni-
for if this (as it is according to the
common Opinion) be priviledged from any
Change or Corruption, it will be in vain then
to imagin any Element there;
and if we would
have another World, we muſt then ſeek out
ſome other place for its Scituation.
The third
Propoſition therefore ſhall be this,
That the Heavens do not conſiſt of any ſuch pure
Matter, which can priviledge them from the
like Change and Corruption, as theſe Inferiour,
Bodies are liable unto.
IT hath been often queſtioned amongſt the
Ancient Fathers and Philoſophers, what
kind of matter that ſhould be, of which the
Heavens are Fram'd.
Some think they conſiſt
of a Fifth Subſtance, diſtinct from the Four
Elements, as Ariſtotle holds, and with him
11De Cælo.
l. 1. c. 2.
ſome of the late School-Men, whoſe ſubtile
Brains could not be content to Attribute to
thoſe vaſt Glorious Bodies but common Mate-
rials, and therefore they themſelves had

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