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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[1. None]
[2. Ex Libris James S. Dearden Rampside]
[4. In Two Parts.]
[5. The Fifth Edition Corrected and Amended. LONDON,]
[6. The Epiſtle to the READER.]
[7. The Propoſitions that are proved in this Diſcourſe. PROPOSITION I.]
[8. PROP. II.]
[9. PROP. III.]
[10. PROP. IV.]
[11. PROP. V.]
[12. PROP. VI.]
[13. PROP. VII.]
[14. PROP. VIII.]
[15. PROP. IX.]
[16. PROP. X.]
[17. PROP. XI.]
[18. PROP. XII.]
[19. PROP. XIII.]
[20. PROP. XIV.]
[21. The Firſt Book. That the MOON May be a WORLD. The Firſt Propoſition, by way of Preface.]
[22. Sed vanus ſtolidis hæc omnia finxerit Error.]
[23. Solis lunæq; labores.]
[24. Cum fruſtra reſonant æra auxiliaria Lunæ.]
[25. Una laboranti poterit ſuccerrere Lunæ.]
[26. Gantus & è cælo poſſunt deducere Lunam.]
[27. Cantus & ſi curru lunam deducere tentant, Et facerent, ſi non æra repulſa ſonant.]
[28. PROP. II. That a Plurality of Worlds doth not contradict any Principle of Reaſon or Faith.]
[29. Æſtuas infelix auguſto limite mundi.]
[30. PROP. III. 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.]
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That the Moon may be a World.
of him in Sir Walter Rawleigh. Their Reaſon
in 2 Gen.
v. 8.
L. 1. c. 3.
ſect. 6. 7.
was this:
becauſe in probability, this place
was not overflowed by the Flood, ſince there
were no Sinners there, which might draw that
Curſe upon it.
Nay, Toſtatus thinks, that the
Body of Enoch was kept there;
and ſome of
the Fathers, as Tertullian and Auſtin have af-
firmed, that the bleſſed Souls were reſerv’d in
that place till the day of Judgement, and
therefore ’tis likely that it was not overflow’d
by the Flood;
it were eaſie to produce the
unanimous conſent of the Fathers, to prove
that Paradiſe is yet really exiſtent.
Any dili-
gent peruſer of them may eaſily obſerve how
they do generally interpret the Paradiſe where-
to Saint Paul was wrapt, and that wherein our
2 Cer.12.4.
Luke 23.
Saviour promiſed the Thieſ ſhould be with
him, to be locally the ſame where our firſt
Parents were baniſhed.
Now there cannot be
any place on Earth deſign’d where this
ſhould be:
and therefore ’tis not altogether
improbable that it was in this other World.
And beſides, ſince all Men ſhould have went
Naked if Adam had not Fell, ’tis requiſite
therefore that it ſhould be ſituated in ſome
ſuch place where it might be priviledged from
the Extremeties of Heat and Cold.
But now
this could not be (they thought) ſo conveni-
ently in any lower, as it might in ſome higher
For theſe and ſuch like Conſiderations
have ſo many affirm’d that Paradiſe was in a
high elevated place.
Which ſome have con-
ceived could be no where but in the Moon.
For it could not be in the top of any Moun-
nor can we think of any other Body ſe-

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