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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[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.]
[61. PROP. VII. Tis probable that the Sun is in the Gentre of the World.]
[62. PROP. VIII. That there is not any ſufficient reaſon to prove the Earth incapable of thoſe mo-tions which Copernicus aſcribes un-to it.]
[63. Provebimur portu, terræque, verbeſq; recedunt.]
[64. PROP. IX. That it is more probable the Earth does move, than the Sun or Heavens.]
[65. PROP. X. That this Hypotheſis is exactly agreeable to common appearances.]
[66. Quicunq; ſolam mente præcipiti petit]
[67. Brevem replere non valentis ambitum, # Pudebit aucti nominis.]
[68. FINIS.]
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That the Earth may be a Planet.
Gallilæ{us} his Glaſs; the ſeventh of them be-
Vide Fro-
ing but a deceit of the eye, ariſing from
Mite. l. 3.
c. 1. art. 1.
their too great nearneſs;
and if a Man try,
in a clear Night, to number them diſtinctly,
he ſhall find that there will ſometimes appear
but ſix, and ſometimes more.
True indeed, the original word of this
Scripture המ’ב, does not neceſſarily imply
any ſuch number in its ſignification, but yet
our Engliſh Tranſlation renders it the ſe-
ven Stars;
and if it had been expreſly ſo
in the Original too, it might have ſpoken
true enough, becauſe they are uſually eſteem-
ed of that number.
And when it had been
ſaid, He made the ſeven Stars, and Orion, we
might eaſily have underſtood the words
He made thoſe Conſtellations that
are commonly known unto us under ſuch
From all theſe Scriptures, ’tis clearly ma-
nifeſt, that it is a frequent cuſtom for the
Holy Ghoſt to ſpeak of natural Things, ra-
ther according to their appearance and com-
mon opinion, than the truth it ſelf.
it is very plain, and our Enemies themſelves
do grant it, that if the World had been
framed according to the Syſteme of Coperni-
Fromond.c{us}, Futurum eſſet ut vulg{us}, de Solis motu &

c. 6.
Terræ ſtatu proinde ut nunc loquerctur.
vulgar phraſe would have been the ſame as
now it is, when it ſpeaks of the Sun's Mo-
tion, and the Earth's ſtanding ſtill.
Wherefore ’tis not improbable, that ſuch
kind of Scripture-expreſſions, are to be un-

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