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.
to him, as he ſaid to his Maſter Plato, ἀμφοῖν
{γὰ}ρὄνται φιλοιν, ὅσιν {ωρο}τιμᾶν τὴνἀλή θ{ει}ν ‘Though
Ethic. l. 1.
c. 9.
‘Plato were his Friend, yet he would rather
‘adhere to Truth, than him.
I muſt needs grant, that we are all much
beholden to the Induſtry of the Ancient Philo-
ſophers, and more eſpecially to Ariſtotle, for
the greater part of our Learning;
but yet ’tis
not Ingratitude to ſpeak againſt him, when he
oppoſeth Truth;
for then many of the Fathers
would be very Guilty, eſpecially Juſtin, who
hath writ a Treatiſe purpoſely againſt him.
But ſuppoſe this opinion were falſe, yet ’tis
not againſt the Faith, and ſo it may ſerve for
the better confirmation of that which is True;
the Sparks of Errour, being forced out by
Oppoſition, as the Sparks of Fire by the ſtrike-
ing of the Flint and Steel.
But ſuppoſe too,
that it were Heretical, and againſt the Faith,
yet may it be admitted with the ſame Privi-
ledge as Ariſtotle, from whom many more
dangerous Opinions have proceeded;
as, That
the World is Eternal, That God cannot have
while to look after theſe Inferiour things;

That after Death there is no Reward or Pu-
niſhment, and ſuch like Blaſphemies, which
ſtrike directly at the Fundamentals of our Re-
So that it is juſtly to be wondred, why
ſome ſhould be ſo Superſtitious in theſe Days,
as to ſtick cloſer unto him, than unto Scripture,
as if his Philoſophy were the only Foundation
of all Divine Truths.
Upon theſe Grounds, both St. Vincentius,
and Serafinus de firmo (as I have ſeen them

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