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

Table of contents

< >
[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.]
< >
page |< < (11) of 370 > >|
That the Moon may be a World.
    <echo version="1.0RC">
      <text xml:lang="en" type="free">
        <div type="section" level="1" n="27">
          <pb o="11" file="0023" n="23" rhead="That the Moon may be a World."/>
          <p>
            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">That a new Truth may ſeem abſurd and
              <lb/>
            impoſſible, not only to the Vulgar, but to
              <lb/>
            thoſe alſo who are otherwiſe Wiſe Men and
              <lb/>
            excellent Schollars; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and hence it will follow,
              <lb/>
            that every new thing which ſeems to oppoſe
              <lb/>
            common Principles, is not preſently to be re-
              <lb/>
            jected, but rather to be pry'd into by a dili-
              <lb/>
            gent enquiry, ſince there are many things which
              <lb/>
            are yet hid from us, and reſerv’d for future
              <lb/>
            Diſcovery.</s>
            <s xml:space="preserve"/>
          </p>
          <p>
            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">That it is not the commonneſs of an Opi-
              <lb/>
            nion that can priviledge it for a Truth; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">the
              <lb/>
            wrong way is ſometime a well beaten Path,
              <lb/>
            whereas the right way (eſpecially to hidden
              <lb/>
            Truths) may be leſs trodden, and more ob-
              <lb/>
            ſcure.</s>
            <s xml:space="preserve"/>
          </p>
          <p>
            <s xml:space="preserve">True indeed, the ſtrangeneſs of this Opi-
              <lb/>
            nion will detract much from its Credit; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but
              <lb/>
            yet we ſhould know that nothing is in it ſelf
              <lb/>
            ſtrange, ſince every Natural Effect has an equal
              <lb/>
            dependance upon its Cauſe, and with the like
              <lb/>
            neceſſity doth follow from it; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ſo that ’tis our
              <lb/>
            Ignorance which makes things appear ſo; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and
              <lb/>
            hence it comes to paſs, that many more Evi-
              <lb/>
            dent Truths ſeem incredible to ſuch who know
              <lb/>
            not the cauſes of things: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">you may as ſoon
              <lb/>
            perſwade ſome Country Peaſants, that the
              <lb/>
            Moon is made of Green-Cheeſe (as we ſay)
              <lb/>
            as that ’tis bigger than his Cart-Wheel, ſince
              <lb/>
            both ſeem equally to contradict his ſight, and
              <lb/>
            he has not reaſon enough to lead him far-
              <lb/>
            ther than his Senſes. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Nay, ſuppoſe (ſaith Plu-
              <lb/>
            tarch) a Philoſopher ſhould be Educated in
              <lb/>
            ſuch a ſecret place, where he might not ſee
              <lb/>
            either Sea or River, and afterwards ſhould be</s>
          </p>
        </div>
      </text>
    </echo>