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]
[3. A DISCOVERY OF A New , OR,]
[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.

PROP. II.

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-
ſies:
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;
and
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
therewith;
Mundum reliquit diſputationibus
Hominum;
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-
nations.
But however, becauſe our Adverſaries ge-
nerally do ſo much inſult in thoſe Argu-
ments that may be drawn from hence;
and
more eſpecially, becauſe Pineda doth for this
Comment.
in Eccleſ.
c. 1. v 4.
reaſon, with ſo many bitter and empty re-
proaches, revile our learned Countryman,

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