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 Moon may be a World.
you muſt know, that ’tis beſide the Scope of
the Old Teſtament or the New, to diſcover
any thing untous concerning the Secrets in Phi-
’tis not his intent in the New Teſta-
ment, ſince we cannot conceive how it might
any way belong either to the Hiſtorical, Exe-
getical, or Prophetical parts of it;
nor is it
his intent in the Old Teſtament, as is well ob-
ſerv'd by our Country-Man, Mr.
In Epiſt. ad
Non Moſis aut Prophetarum inſtitutam fuiſſe vi-
detur Mathematicas aliquas aut Phyſicas ſubtili-
tates promulgare, ſed ad vulgi captum &
di morem, quemadmodum nutrices infantulis ſo-
lent, ſeſe accommodare.
’Tis not the endeavour
of Moſes, or the Prophets, to diſcover any
Mathematical or Philoſophical Subtilties,
but rather to accommodate themſelves to Vul-
gar Capacities, and ordinary Speech, as Nur-
ſes are wont to uſe their Infants.
True in-
deed, Moſes is there to handle the Hiſtory of
the Creation.
But ’tis certain (ſaith Calvin)
that his purpoſe is to treat only of the viſible
Calvin in
1 Gen.
form of the World, and thoſe parts of it,
which might be moſt eaſily underſtood by the
Ignorant and Ruder ſort of People, and there-
fore we are not thence to expect the diſcovery
of any Natural Secret.
Artes reconditas aliun-
de diſcat qui volet;
hic Spiritus Dei omnes ſi-
mul ſine exceptione docere voluit.
As for more
hidden Arts, they muſt be looked for elſe-
the Holy Ghoſt did here intend to in-
ſtruct all without exception.
And therefore
’tis obſerved, That Moſes does not any where
meddle with ſuch matters as were very hard to
be conceiv'd;
for being to inform the common

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