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

Table of contents

< >
< >
page |< < of 370 > >|
    <echo version="1.0RC">
      <text xml:lang="en" type="free">
        <div xml:id="echoid-div315" type="section" level="1" n="64">
          <p>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5154" xml:space="preserve">
              <pb o="159" file="0339" n="339" rhead="That the Earth may be a Planet."/>
            other School-men, ſeems to be vvithout all
              <lb/>
            reaſon; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5155" xml:space="preserve">who make the Faculty, whereby
              <lb/>
            the Angels move the Orbs, to be the very
              <lb/>
            ſame with their Underſtandings and Will:
              <lb/>
            </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5156" xml:space="preserve">So that if an Angel do but meerly ſuſpend
              <lb/>
            the Act of willing their Motion, they muſt
              <lb/>
            neceſſarily ſtand ſtill; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5157" xml:space="preserve">and on the contrary,
              <lb/>
            his only willing them to move, ſhall be e-
              <lb/>
            nough to carry them about in their ſeveral
              <lb/>
            Courſes. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5158" xml:space="preserve">Since it were then a needleſs
              <lb/>
            thing for Providence to have appointed
              <lb/>
            Angels unto this buſineſs, which might have
              <lb/>
            been done as well by the only Will of God. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5159" xml:space="preserve">
              <lb/>
            And beſides, how are the Orbs capable of
              <lb/>
            perceiving this Will in the Intelligences? </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5160" xml:space="preserve">
              <lb/>
            Or if they were, yet what motive Faculty
              <lb/>
            have they of themſelves, which can inable
              <lb/>
            them to obey it?</s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5161" xml:space="preserve"/>
          </p>
          <p>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5162" xml:space="preserve">Now, as it would be with the Heavens;
              <lb/>
            </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5163" xml:space="preserve">ſo likewiſe is it with the Earth, which may
              <lb/>
            be turned about in its Diurnal Revolution,
              <lb/>
            without the help of Intelligences, by ſome
              <lb/>
            motive Power of its own, that may be in-
              <lb/>
            trinſical unto it.</s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5164" xml:space="preserve"/>
          </p>
          <p>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5165" xml:space="preserve">If it be yet inquired, What cauſe there
              <lb/>
            is of its Annual Motion? </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5166" xml:space="preserve">I anſwer: </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5167" xml:space="preserve">’Tis
              <lb/>
            eaſily conceivable, how the ſame Principle
              <lb/>
            may ſerve for both theſe, ſince they tend the
              <lb/>
            ſame way, from Weſt to Eaſt.</s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5168" xml:space="preserve"/>
          </p>
          <p>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5169" xml:space="preserve">However, that Opinion of Keplar is not
              <lb/>
            very improbable, That all the Primary
              <lb/>
            Planets are moved round by the Sun,
              <lb/>
            which once in twenty five, or twenty </s>
          </p>
        </div>
      </text>
    </echo>