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.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">So that in the firſt ſenſe, Iyield, that there
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            is but one World, which is all that the Argu-
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            ments do prove; </s>
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            cond ſenſe, and ſo I affirm, there may be more,
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            nor do any of the above named Objections
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Neither can this Opinion derogate from the
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            Divine Wiſdom (as Aquinas thinks) but rather
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            Advance it, ſhewing a Gompendium of Provi-
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            dence, that could make the ſame Body a
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            World, and a Moon; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">a World for Habitation,
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            and a Moon for the uſe of others, and the Or-
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            nament of the whole Frame of Nature. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">For as
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            the Members of the Body ſerve not only for
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            the Preſervation of themſelves, but for the
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            Uſe and Convenience of the whole, as the
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            Hand protects the Head, as well as ſaves its
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            ſelf; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ſo is it in the parts of the Univerſe,
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            where each one may ſerve as well for the
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            Converſation of that which is within it, as the
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            1. 2. c. 12.</note>
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            than one, be Heretical, and againſt the Faith?
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            <s xml:space="preserve">He anſwers it negatively, becauſe it does not
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            Contradict any expreſs place of Scripture, or
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            Determination of the Church. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And though
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            (ſaith he) it ſeems to be a raſh Opinion, as be-
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            ing againſt the Conſent of the Fathers; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">yet, if
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            this Controverſie be chiefly Philoſophical, then
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            their Authorities are not of ſuch Weight. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Un-
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            to this it may be added, that the conſent of the
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            Fathers is prevalent only in ſuch Points as were
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            firſt controverted amongſt them, and then ge-
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            nerally decided one way, and not in ſuch other</s>
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