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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            Atlas and Hercules. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus Cajetan concludes
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            from that place in Pſalm 136. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">5. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">where ’tis
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            ſaid, God by wiſdom made the Heavens: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Or,
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            according to the Vulgar, Qui fecit Cælos in-
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            tellectu, That the Heavens are moved by an
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            intelligent Soul.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0337-01" xlink:href="note-0337-01a" xml:space="preserve">Sen. Nat.
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            Qu. lib. 5.
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            cap. 5,6.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">If we conſider the Original of this Opi-
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            nion, we ſhall find it to proceed from that
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            miſtake of Ariſtotle, who thought the Hea-
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            vens to be Eternal; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and therefore to re-
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            quire ſuch a moving cauſe, as being of
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            an immaterial Subſtance, might be ex-
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            empted from all that wearineſs and in-
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            conſtancy, vvhich other things are liable
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            unto.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But now this ground of his is evidently
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            ſalſe, ſince ’tis certain, That the Heavens
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            had a beginning, and ſhall have an end. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">How-
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            ever, the imploying of Angels in theſe Mo-
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            tions of the World, is both ſuperfluous and
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            very improbable.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Becauſe a natural Power, intrinſical
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            to thoſe Bodies, will ſerve the turn as well.
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And as for other Operations, which are to
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            be conſtant and regular, Nature does com-
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            monly make uſe of ſome inward princi-
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            ple.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The Intelligences being immaterial, can-
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            not immediatly vvork upon a Body. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Nor
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            does any one tell us vvhat Inſtruments they
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            ſhould make uſe of in this buſineſs. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">They
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            have not any hands to take hold of the Hea-
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            vens, or turn them about. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And that Opi-
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            nion of Aquinas, Durand, Soncinas, vvith</s>
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