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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21030That the Earth may be a Planet. muſt be interpreted in reference to the opi-
nion of the Vulgar, and by the midſt of
Heaven, we are to underſtand ſuch a place
as was not very near to either of the ends,
the Eaſt or Weſt.
(4.) And there was no day like that, before it,
or after it:
Which words are not to be un-
derſtood abſolutely, for there are always
longer days under the Poles:
but in reſpect
to the opinion of the Vulgar, that is, there
was never any day ſo long which theſe igno-
rant People knew of.
3. As for this laſt place, concerning the
Sun's returning ten degrees in the Dial of
112 King 20.
Iſa. 38. 8.
I think it may probably be affirmed,
That it is to be underſtood only concerning
the Shadow:
which though it do neceſſarily
happen in all Horizontal Dials, for any La-
titude betwixt the Tropicks:
And ſo con-
ſequently in all Declining Dials, the Ele-
vation of whoſe Pole is leſs than the Sun's
greateſt Declination;
as Clavius, de Horol.
cap. 21. obſerves: Yet the Circumſtances of
this relation in Scripture, makes the Event
to differ from that other which is common
and natural;
which againſt its nature did
ſeem to go backwards, when as the Sun it
ſelf was not in the leaſt manner altered from
its uſual courſe.
Of this opinion were A-
barbinell, Arius Montanus, Burgenſis, Vatablas
Sanctius, &
The Reaſons for it may be theſe:
1. The Miracle is propoſed only concern-
ing the Shadow;
Wilt thou that the

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