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.
People, as well as others, he does it after a
vulgar way, as it is commonly noted, decla-
ring the Original chiefly of thoſe things which
are obvious to the Senſe, and being ſilent of
other things, which then could not well be
And therefore Pererius propo-
Com. in
1 Gen. 11.
ſing the queſtion, why the Creation of Plants
and Herbs is mentioned, but not of Mettals
and Minerals?
Anſwers. Quia iſtarum rerum generatio eſt
vulgo occulta &
ignota. Becauſe theſe things
are not ſo commonly known as the other;
and he adds, Moſes non omnia, ſed manifeſta
omnibus enarranda ſuſcipit.
Moſes did not in-
tend to relate unto us the beginnings of all
all things, but thoſe only which are moſt evi-
dent unto all Men.
And therefore too, Aqui-
Part. 1. 2.
68. Art, 3.
nas obſerves, that he writes nothing of the
Air, becauſe that being inviſible, the People
knew not whether there were any ſuch Body
or no.
And for this very reaſon St. Ferom alſo
Epiſt. 139-
ad Cypri.
So Pererives
in 2 Gen.
thinks, that there is nothing expreſt concerning
the Creation of Angels, becauſe the rude and
ignorant Vulgar were not ſo capable of appre-
hending their Natures.
And yet notwith-
ſtanding, theſe are as remarkable parts of the
Creation, and as fit to be known as another
And therefore the Holy Ghoſt too,
uſes ſuch vulgar Expreſſions, which ſet things
forth rather as they appear, than as they are,
as when he calls the Moon one of the greater
Gen. 1, 16Lights, whereas ’tis the leaſt that we can ſee
in the whole Heavens.
So afterwards ſpeaking
Gen. 11.
Mala. 3. 10.
of the great Rain which drowned the World,
he ſays, The Windows of Heaven were

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