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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[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.]
[51. PROP. IV.]
[52. PROP. V.]
[53. PROP. VI.]
[55. That the EARTH May be a PLANET. PROP. I.]
[56. PROP. II.]
[57. PROP. III.]
[58. PROP. IV.]
[59. PROP. V. That the Scripture, in its proper conſtru-ction, does not any where affirm the Immobility of the Earth.]
[60. PROP. VI. That there is not any Argument from the Words of Scripture, Principles of Na-ture, or Obſervations in Aſtronomy, which can ſuſſiciently evidence the Earth to be in the Gentre of the Uni-verſe.]
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That the Moon may be a World.
But enough of this. You may commonly ſee
Clavius in
cap. 1.
it confuted by many other Arguments.
there are, who affirm theſe to be ſome new
created Stars, produc’d by an extraordinary
ſupernatural Power.
I anſwer, true indeed,
’tis poſſible they might be ſo, but however,
’tis not likely they were ſo, ſince ſuch appea-
rances may be ſalved ſome other way;
fore to fly unto a miracle for ſuch things, were
a great Injury to Nature, and to derogate
from her skill;
an Indignity miſ-becoming
a Man who profeſſes himſelf to be a Philoſo-
Miraculum (ſays one) eſt ignorantiæ Aſy-
lum, a Miracle often ſerves for the Recepta-
cle of a lazy Ignorance;
which any induſtrious
Spirit would be aſham’d of, it being but an
idle way to ſhift off the Labour of any further
But here’s the miſery of it, we firſt
tye our ſelves unto Ariſtotle’s Principles, and
then conclude that nothing can contradict ’em,
but a Miracle;
whereas ’twould be much bet-
ter for the Commonwealth of Learning, if
we would ground our Principles rather upon
the frequent experiences of our own, than the
bare Authority of others.
Some there are who think, that theſe Co-
mets are nothing elſe, but Exhalations from
our Earth, carryed up into the higher parts of
the Heaven.
So Peno, Rothmannus & Galilæus.
But this is not poſſible, ſince by Computation
Tycho Pro-
gym. l. 1.
c. 9.
’tis found, that one of them is above 300 times
bigger than the wholeGlobe of Land &
Others therefore have thought that they did
proceed from the Body of the Sun, and that
Planet only is Gometarum officina, unde tanquam

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