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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[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.]
[41. PROP. XII.]
[42. PROP. XIII.]
[43. PROP. XIV.]
[44. FINIS.]
[45. A DISCOURSE Concerning a Rem Planet. Tending to prove That ’tis probable our EARTH is one of the PLANETS. The Second Book. By John Wilkins, late L. Biſhop of Cheſter.]
[46. LONDON: Printed by J. D. for John Gellibrand, at the Golden Ball in St. Paul’s Church-Yard. M.DC.LXXXIV.]
[47. To the Reader.]
[48. PROP. I.]
[49. PROP. II.]
[50. PROP. III.]
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That the Moon may be a World.
you may ſee ſundry Diſcourſes more at large
In opere 6.
diſput. 5.
In lib. de
in Ludovicus Molina, Euſebius Nirembergius,
with divers others.
The Venerable Bede
thought the Planets to conſiſt of all the four
and ’tis likely that the other parts
are of an Aerous Subſtance, as will be ſhewed
after wards;
however, I cannot now ſtand to re-
cite the Arguments for either;
I have only
urged theſe Authorities to countervail Ariſtotle,
and the School-Men, and the better to make
way for a proof of their Corruptibility.
The next thing then to be enquir'd after, is,
2 Pet. 3. 12whether they be of a corruptible Nature, not
whether they can be deſtroyed of God;
this, Scripture puts out of doubt.
Nor whether or no in a long time they
would wear away and grow worſe;
for from
By Doctor
Ap. l. lib. 2.
any ſuch Fear they have been lately priviledg-
But whether they are capable of ſuch
changes and viciſſitudes, as this inferiour
World is lyable unto?
The two chief Opinions concerning this,
have both erred in ſome extremity, the one
ſide going ſo far from the other, that they
have both gone beyond the Right, whilſt
Ariſtotle hath oppos'd the Truth, as well as the
Some of the Ancients have thought, that
the Heavenly Bodies have ſtood in need of
de plac.
philoſ. l. 2.
c. 17.
Nat. Hiſt.
l. 2. c. 9.
Nat. quæſt.
lib. 2. c. 5.
Nouriſhment from the Elements, by which
they were continually Fed, and ſo had divers
Alterations by reaſon of their Food?
Fathered on Heraclitus, followed by that great
Naturaliſt Pliny, and in general attributed toall the Stoicks.
You may ſee Seneca expreſly

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