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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[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.]
[31. Necnon Oceano paſci phæbumque polumq; Gredimus.]
[32. PROP. IV. That the Moon is a Solid, Compacted, Opacous Body.]
[33. PROP. V. That the Moon hath not any Light of her own.]
[34. PROP. VI. That there is a World in the Moon, bath been the direct Opinion of many Ancient, with ſome Modern Mathematicians, and may probably de deduc’d from the Tenents of others.]
[35. PROP. VII. That thoſe Spots and brighter parts, which by our ſight may be diſtinguiſhed in the Moon, do ſhew the difference betwixt the Sea and Land, in that other World.]
[36. PROP. VIII. The Spots repeſent the Sea, and the brighter parts the Land.]
[37. PROP. IX. That there are high Mountains, deep Vallies, and ſpacious Plains in the Body of the Moon.]
[38. PROP. X. That there is an Atmo-ſphæra, or an Orb of groſs, Vaporous Air, immediately encompaſſing the body of the Moon.]
[39. PROP. XI. That as their World is our Moon, ſo our World is their Moon.]
[40. Provehimur portu, terræque urbeſque recedunt.]
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That the Earth may be a Planet.
Command of their Superiors, and (which
is very abſurd) even in natural Queſtions,
not to aſſent unto any thing, but what Au-
thority ſhall allow of.
3. A judging of things by Sence, rather
than by Diſcourſe and Reaſon:
a tying of
the meaning of Scripture, to the Letter of
it;
and from thence concluding Philoſophi-
cal Points, together with an ignorance of
all thoſe grounds and probabilities in Aſtro-
nomy, upon which this Opinion is bottomed.
And this, in all likelihood, is the reaſon why
ſome Men, who in other things perhaps are
able Scholars, do write ſo vehemently againſt
it:
and why the common People in general
do cry it down, as being abſurd and ridicu-
lous.
Under this head I might refer the op-
poſition of Mr.
Fuller, Al. Roſſ, & c.
But now, no prejudice that may ariſe from
the bare Authority of ſuch Enemies as theſe,
will be liable to ſway the judgment of an
indifferent conſidering Man;
and I doubt
not but that he who will throughly weigh
with himſelf theſe Particulars that are here
propounded, may find ſome ſatisfaction for
theſe Arguments, which are taken from the
ſeeming Novelty and Singularity of this
Opinion.

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