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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19111That the Earth may be a Planet. † objected; If Pythagoras were of this Opi-
11† Alex.
Roſſ. l. 2. ſc.
2. c. 10.
nion, yet his Authority ſhould not be of any
credit, becauſe he was the Author of many
other monſtrous abſurdities.
To this I anſwer: If a Mans errour in ſome
particulars ſhould take away his credit for
every thing elſe, this would aboliſh the force
of all human Authority;
for humanum eſt er-
Secondly, ’tis probable that many of
Pythagoras’s ſayings which ſeem ſo abſurd,
are not to be underſtood according to their
letter, but in a myſtical ſenſe.
2. But he objects again, that Pythagor as
was not of this Opinion;
and that for two
Firſt, becauſe no Antient Author
that he had read aſcribes it unto him.
ly, it is contradictory to his other Opinions,
concerning the Harmony that was made by
the motion of the Heavens;
which could not
conſiſt with this other of the Earth’s moti-
To the FirſtI anſwer: The Objector could
not chuſe but know that this Aſſertion is by
many Antient Authors aſcribed to that ſect,
whereof Pythagoras was the chief.
He might
have ſeen it expreſly in Ariſtotle himſelf:
22 De Calo.
lib. 2. c. 13.
Οί @ υ @γέγουσι@π@μέὑτου μέσου
π~ρ @ύχ,τ τε γιω~ ε,υ @ @ωυ ου@υ κύκλω
φερο μζύιω ιρ@ τὸ μέσου, νύκτα τε κμέ-
ραυ ποιν.
In which the Philoſopher does compendi-
ouſly reckon up the three chief particu-
lars implyed in the Opinion of the Pythago-
Firſt, the Suns being in the Centre

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