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 Moon may be a World.
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            to him, as he ſaid to his Maſter Plato, ἀμφοῖν
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            ‘Plato were his Friend, yet he would rather
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            ‘adhere to Truth, than him.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0030-01" xlink:href="note-0030-01a" xml:space="preserve">Ethic. l. 1.
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            c. 9.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">I muſt needs grant, that we are all much
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            beholden to the Induſtry of the Ancient Philo-
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            ſophers, and more eſpecially to Ariſtotle, for
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            the greater part of our Learning; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but yet ’tis
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            not Ingratitude to ſpeak againſt him, when he
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            oppoſeth Truth; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for then many of the Fathers
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            would be very Guilty, eſpecially Juſtin, who
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            hath writ a Treatiſe purpoſely againſt him.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But ſuppoſe this opinion were falſe, yet ’tis
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            not againſt the Faith, and ſo it may ſerve for
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            the better confirmation of that which is True;
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            <s xml:space="preserve">the Sparks of Errour, being forced out by
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            Oppoſition, as the Sparks of Fire by the ſtrike-
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            ing of the Flint and Steel. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But ſuppoſe too,
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            that it were Heretical, and againſt the Faith,
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            yet may it be admitted with the ſame Privi-
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            ledge as Ariſtotle, from whom many more
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            dangerous Opinions have proceeded; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">as, That
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            the World is Eternal, That God cannot have
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            while to look after theſe Inferiour things; </s>
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            That after Death there is no Reward or Pu-
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            niſhment, and ſuch like Blaſphemies, which
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            ſtrike directly at the Fundamentals of our Re-
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            ligion.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">So that it is juſtly to be wondred, why
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            ſome ſhould be ſo Superſtitious in theſe Days,
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            as to ſtick cloſer unto him, than unto Scripture,
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            as if his Philoſophy were the only Foundation
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            of all Divine Truths.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Upon theſe Grounds, both St. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Vincentius,
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            and Serafinus de firmo (as I have ſeen them</s>
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