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 Earth may be a Planet.


That there is not any place in Holy Scrip-
# ture, from which (being rightly under-
# ſtood) we may infer the Diurnal Mo-
# tion of the Sun or Heavens.
IT were happy for us, if we could exempt
Scripture from Philoſophical Controver-
if we could be content to let it be per-
fect for that end unto which it was intended,
for a Rule of our Faith and Obedience;
not ſtretch it alſo to be a Judg of ſuch na-
tural Truths, as are to be found out by our
own induſtry and experience.
Though the
Holy Ghoſt could eaſily have given us a full
reſolution of all ſuch particulars;
yet he hath
Eccleſ. 3.
10, 11.
left this travel to the Sons of Men to be exerciſed
Mundum reliquit diſputationibus
that being buſied, for the moſt
part, in an inquiſition after the Creatures,
we might find the leſs leiſure to wait upon
our Luſt, or ſerve our more ſinful Incli-
But however, becauſe our Adverſaries ge-
nerally do ſo much inſult in thoſe Argu-
ments that may be drawn from hence;
more eſpecially, becauſe Pineda doth for this
in Eccleſ.
c. 1. v 4.
reaſon, with ſo many bitter and empty re-
proaches, revile our learned Countryman,

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