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 Moon may be a World.
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            quoted) think, That Ariſtotle was the Viol
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            of Gods Wrath, which was poured out upon
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            the Waters of Wiſdom, by the Third Angel;
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But for my part, I think the World is much
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            beholden to him for all its Sciences. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But yet
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            ’twere a ſhame for theſe later Ages to reſt our
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            Selves meerly upon the Labours of our Fore-
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            Fathers, as if they had informed us of all things
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            to be known; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and when we are ſet upon their
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            Shoulders, not to ſee further than they them-
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            ſelves did. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Twere a Superſtitious, a lazy
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            Opinion, to think Ariſtotle's Works the Bounds
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            and Limits of all humane Invention, beyond
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            which there could be no poſſibility of reaching.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Certainly there are yet many things left to diſ-
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            covery, and it cannot be any inconvenience
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            for us, to maintain a new Truth, or rectifie
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            an ancient Errour.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0031-01" xlink:href="note-0031-01a" xml:space="preserve">Rev. 16. 4.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But the poſition (ſay ſome) is directly againſt
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            Scripture, for</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">M@ſes tells us but of one World, and his
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            Hiſtory of the Creation had been very imper-
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            fect, if God had made another.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Saint John ſpeaking of Gods Works, ſays,
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            he made the World in the ſingular Number,
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            and therefore there is but one: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’tis the Argu-
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            ment of Aquinas, and he thinks that none
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            will oppoſe it, but ſuch who with Democritus,
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            eſteem ſome blind Chance, and not any wiſe
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            Providence to be the Framet of all things.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0031-02" xlink:href="note-0031-02a" xml:space="preserve">Part. 1. Q.
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            47. Art. 3.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">3. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The Opinion of more Worlds has in
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            Ancient times been accounted a Hereſie, and
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            Baronius affirms, that for this very reaſon Vir-
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            gilius was caſt out of his Biſhoprick, and Ex-
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            communicated from the Church.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0031-03" xlink:href="note-0031-03a" xml:space="preserve">Annal.
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            Eccl. A. D.
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            748.</note>
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