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.
[54.] PROP. VII. PROP. VIII. PROP. IX. PROP. X.
[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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1833That the Earth may be à Planet. able to find out ſuch a Secret as this, beſides
ſome fabulous Pythagoreans, and of late Co-
pernicus?
Is it poſſible that the World ſhould
laſt for above five thouſand years together,
and yet the Inhabitants of it be ſo dull and
ſ@upid, as to be unacquainted with its mo-
tion?
Nay, ſhall we think that thoſe excel-
lent Men, whom the Holy Ghoſt made uſe
of in the penning of Scripture, who were
extraordinarily inſpired with ſupernatural
Truths, ſhould notwithſtanding be ſo groſ-
ly ignorant of ſo common a matter as this?
Can we believe, if there were any ſuch thing,
that foſhua, and fob, and David, and Solo-
mon, &
c. ſhould know nothing of it? Cer-
tainly it muſt needs argue a ſtrong aſſectati-
on of Singularity, for a Man to take up any
groundleſs fancy againſt ſuch antient and
general Authority.
I anſwer: As we ſhould not be ſo fondly
conceited of our ſelves, and the extraordina-
ry Abilities of theſe preſent Ages, as to think
every thing that is antient to be abſolute:
Or, as if it muſt needs be with Opinions, as
it is with Clothes, where the neweſt is for
the moſt part beſt.
So neither ſhould we be ſo
ſuperſtitiouſly devoted to Antiquity, as to
take up every thing for Canonical, which
drops from the pen of aFather, or was appro-
ved by the conſent of the Antients.
’Tis an
excellent ſaying, Δ{εἶ} ἐλευ θέριον ἐιν{αι} τũ 11Alcinous μη Τ μέλλοτα φιλοσοφ{εἶ}ν It behoves every
one in the ſearch of Truth, always to preſerve
aPhiloſophical liberty:
Not to be ſo

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