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.
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            hath been ſaid, I may conclude, that the ſilence
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            of Scripture, concerning any other World, is
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            not ſufficient Argument to prove that there is
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            none. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus for the two firſt Arguments.</s>
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            <note symbol="*" position="left" xlink:label="note-0036-02" xlink:href="note-0036-02a" xml:space="preserve">Deut. 11
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            17.
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            1 Reg. 3.
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            35.
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            Luk. 4. 25.</note>
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            Pſal. 1 36. 6</note>
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            lib. 2.
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            Item Baſil.
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            Hom 3. in
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            Geneſ.
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            Wiſd. 2. 4.
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            17. 5.
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            Ecclus. 43.
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            3, 4.</note>
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            Gen.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Unto the third, I may anſwer, That this
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            very Example is quoted by others, to ſhew
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            the Ignorance of thoſe Primitive Times, who
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            did ſometimes condemn what they did not
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            underſtand, and have often cenſur'd the Law-
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            ful and undoubted Parts of Mathematicks for
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            Heretical, becauſe they themſelves could not
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            perceive a reaſon of it. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And therefore their
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            Practice, in this particular, is no fufficient Te-
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            ſtimony againſt us.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But laſtly, I anſwer to all the above nam'd
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            Objections, That the Term (World) may be
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            taken in a double Senſe, more Generally, for
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            the whole Univerſe, as it implies in it the
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            Elementary and Æthereal Bodies, the Stars
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            and the Earth. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Secondly, more particularly,
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            for an inferiour World conſiſting of Elements.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Now the main Drift of all theſe Arguments
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            is to confute a Plurality of Worlds in the firſt
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            Senſe; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and if there were any ſuch, it might,
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            perhaps, ſeem ſtrange, that Moſes, or St. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">John
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            ſhould either not know, or not mention its
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            Creation. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And Virgilius was condemned for
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            this Opinion, becauſe he held, quòd ſit alius
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            mundus ſub terra, aliuſque Sol & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Luna, (as Ba-
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            ronius) That within our Globe of Earth, there
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            was another World, another Sun and Moon,
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            and ſo he might ſeem to exclude this from the
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            Number of the other Creatures.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But now there is no ſuch danger in this Opi-
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            nion, which is here deliver'd, ſince this World
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            is ſaid to be in the Moon, whoſe Creation is
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            particularly expreſt.</s>
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