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 Moon may be a World.
4. A Fourth Argument there is urged by
if there be more Worlds than one,
then they muſt either be of the ſame, or of a
divers Nature;
but they are not of the ſame
for this were needleſs, and would argue
Ibid.an Improvidence, ſince one could have no
more perfection than the other;
not of divers
kinds, for then one of them would not be cal-
led the World or Univerſe, ſince it did not
contain univerſal perfection.
I have cited this
Argument, becauſe it is ſo much ſtood upon
by Julius Gæſar la Galla, one that has purpoſe-
ly writ a Treatiſe againſt this Opinion which
in orbe Lu-
I now deliver;
but the Dilemma is ſo blunt,
that it cannot cut on either ſide;
and the Con-
ſequences ſo weak, that I dare truſt them
without an Anſwer.
And (by the way) you
may ſee this later Author in that place, where
he@ endeavours to prove a neceſſity of one
World, doth leave the chief matter in Hand,
and take much needleſs pains to diſpute againſt
Democritus, who thought, that the World
was made by the caſual concourſe of Atoms in
a great Vacuum.
It ſhould ſeem, that either
his cauſe, or his Skill was weak, or elſe he
would have ventur'd upon a ſtronger Adver-
Theſe Arguments which I have ſet
down, are the chiefeſt which I have met with
againſt this Subject;
yet the beſt of theſe hath
not force enough to endanger the Truth that
I have deliver'd.
Unto the two firſt, it may be anſwer'd, that
the Negative Authority of Scripture is not
prevalent in thoſe things which are not the
Fundamentals of Religion.

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