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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19010That the Earth may be a Planet.
So that ’tis likely theſe Holy Men had not
theſe human Arts by any ſpecial inſpiration,
but by inſtruction and ſtudy, and other or-
dinary means;
and therefore Moſes his skill
in this kind is called the Learning of the E-
11Acts 7. 22. gyptians.
Now becauſe in thoſe times all Sci-
ences were taught only in a rude and imper-
fect manner;
therefore ’tis likely that they
alſo had but a dark and confuſe apprehenſi-
on of things, and were liable to the common
And for this reaſon is it, why 22 Joſb cap.
10. Queſt
status ( ſpeaking of Joſhua’s bidding the
Moon ſtand ſtill as well as the Sun) ſays
Quod forte erat imperitus circa Aſtrorum do-
ctrinam, ſentiens ut vulgares ſentiunt:
perhaps he was unskilful in Aſtronomy, ha-
ving the ſame groſs conceit of the Heavens,
as the vulgar had.
From all which it may be
inferred, that the Ignorance of ſuch good
Men, and great Scholars concerning theſe
Philoſophical points, can be no ſufficient rea-
ſon, why after examination we ſhould deny
them, or doubt of their Truth.
’Tis conſiderable, that in the rudiments
33Conſid. 3. and firſt beginnings of Aſtronomy, and ſo in
ſeveral Ages after, this Opinion hath found
many Patrons, and thoſe too Men of eminent
note and Learning.
Such was more eſpecial-
ly Pythagoras, who was generally and highly
eſteemed for his divine wit, and rare inven-
under whoſe myſterious ſayings,
there be many excellent Truths to be diſ-
But againſt his Teſtimony, it is

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