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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That the Moon may be a World.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">4. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">A Fourth Argument there is urged by
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            Aquinas; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">if there be more Worlds than one,
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            then they muſt either be of the ſame, or of a
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            divers Nature; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but they are not of the ſame
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            kind; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for this were needleſs, and would argue
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            an Improvidence, ſince one could have no
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            more perfection than the other; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">not of divers
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            kinds, for then one of them would not be cal-
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            led the World or Univerſe, ſince it did not
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            contain univerſal perfection. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I have cited this
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            Argument, becauſe it is ſo much ſtood upon
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            by Julius Gæſar la Galla, one that has purpoſe-
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            ly writ a Treatiſe againſt this Opinion which
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            I now deliver; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but the Dilemma is ſo blunt,
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            that it cannot cut on either ſide; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and the Con-
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            ſequences ſo weak, that I dare truſt them
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            without an Anſwer. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And (by the way) you
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            may ſee this later Author in that place, where
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            he@ endeavours to prove a neceſſity of one
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            World, doth leave the chief matter in Hand,
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            and take much needleſs pains to diſpute againſt
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            Democritus, who thought, that the World
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            was made by the caſual concourſe of Atoms in
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            a great Vacuum. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">It ſhould ſeem, that either
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            his cauſe, or his Skill was weak, or elſe he
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            would have ventur'd upon a ſtronger Adver-
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            ſary. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Theſe Arguments which I have ſet
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            down, are the chiefeſt which I have met with
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            againſt this Subject; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">yet the beſt of theſe hath
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            not force enough to endanger the Truth that
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            I have deliver'd.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0032-02" xlink:href="note-0032-02a" xml:space="preserve">DePhanom.
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            in orbe Lu-
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            na.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Unto the two firſt, it may be anſwer'd, that
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            the Negative Authority of Scripture is not
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            prevalent in thoſe things which are not the
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            Fundamentals of Religion.</s>
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