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.
Dr. Gilbert, in that renewing of this Opi-
nion, he omitted an anſwer to the Scripture-
Expreſſions:
therefore ’tis requiſite, That
in the proſecuting this Diſcourſe, we ſhould
lay down ſuch ſatisfaction, as may clear all
Doubts that may be taken thence:
eſpeci-
ally ſince the prejudice that may ariſe from
the miſapprehenſion of thoſe Scripture-
Phraſes, may much diſable the Reader from
looking on any other Argument, with an
equal and indifferent mind.
The places that ſeem to oppoſe this, are
of two kinds.
Firſt, Such as imply a Mo-
tion in the Heavens:
Or, ſecondly, ſuch as
ſeem to expreſs a Reſt and Immobility in the
Earth.
Thoſe of the firſt kind ſeem to bear in
them the cleareſt evidence, and therefore
are more inſiſted on by our Adverſaries.
They may be referred unto theſe three
Heads.
1. All thoſe Scriptures where there is any
mention made of the Riſing or Setting of the
Sun or Stars.
2. That Story in Joſhua, where the Sun
@@anding ſtill, is reckoned for a Miracle.
3. That other Wonder in the days of
Hezekiah, when the Sun went back ten de-
grees in the Dial of Ahaz, All which places
do ſeem to conclude, That the Diurnal Mo-
tion is cauſed by the Heavens.
To this I anſwer in general;
That the Holy Ghoſt, in theſe Scripture-
expreſſions, is pleaſed to accommodate him-

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