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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23454That the Earth may be a Planet.
In reference to this, doth the Scripture
ſpeak of ſome common natural effects, as if
their true cauſes were altogether inſcruta-
ble, and not to be found out, becauſe they
were generally ſo eſteemed by the Vulgar.
Thus of the Wind it is ſaid, That 11Joh. 3. 8. know whence it cometh, nor whither it goeth.
In another place, God is ſaid to bring it 22Jer. 10. 13.
@iem. c. 51.
of his Treaſures:
And elſewhere it 33Job
37. 10.
called the Breath of God.
And ſo 44תממ wiſe of the Thunder; concerning which
Job propoſes this queſtion, The 55job 26.
of his Power who can underſtand?
And there-
fore too David does ſo often ſtile it, 66Pſ. 2. 9.
& 3.4, & c.
Voice of God.
All which places ſeem to im-
ply, that the cauſe of theſe things was not
to be diſcovered, which yet later Philoſo-
phers pretend to know:
So that according
to their conſtruction, theſe phraſes are to be
underſtood, in relation unto their ignorance
unto whom theſe Speeches were immediatly
For this reaſon is it: Why, tho there be
in nature many other cauſes of Springs and
Rivers than the Sea, yet Solomon (who was
77Eccl. 1.7. a great Philoſopher, and perhaps not igno-
rant of them) does mention only this, be-
cauſe moſt obvious, and eaſily apprehended
by the Vulgar.
Unto all theſe Scriptures, I
88Job 9. 9.
Item 33.
might add that in Amos 5.
8. which ſpeaks
of the Conſtellation, commonly called the
Seven Stars;
whereas, later diſcoveries
have found that there are but ſix of them
diſcernable to the bare eye, as appears

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