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.]
[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.]
[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.
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            opened, becauſe it ſeem'd to come with that
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            Violence, as if it were poured out from Win-
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0035-02" xlink:href="note-0035-02a" xml:space="preserve">Part. 1. 2.
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            68. Art, 3.</note>
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            ad Cypri.
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            So Pererives
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            in 2 Gen.</note>
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            Mala. 3. 10.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">And in reference to this, a Drowth is de-
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            ſcrib'd in ſundry other
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            places, by the Heavens
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            being ſhut up. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So that the Phraſes which the
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            Holy Ghoſt ſhews, concerning theſe things, are
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            not to be underſtood in a literal Senſe; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but ra-
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            ther as vulgar Expreſſions; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and this Rule is
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            ſet down by Saint Auſtin, where ſpeaking con-
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            cerning that in the Pſalm, who ſtretched the
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            Earth upon the Waters, he Notes, that when
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            the Words of Scripture ſhall ſeem to contra-
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            dict common Senſe or Experience, there, are
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            they to be underſtood in a qualified Senſe, and
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            not according to the Letter. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And ’tis obſerv'd,
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            that for want of this Rule, ſome of the Anci-
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            ents have faſtned ſtrange Abſurdities upon the
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            Words of the Scripture. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So Saint Ambroſe
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            eſteem'd it a Hereſie to think, that the Sun and
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            Stars were not very Hot, as being againſt
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            the Words of Scripture, Pſalm 19. </s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">where
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            the Pſalmiſt ſays, that there is nothing that is
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            hid from the Heat of the Sun. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So others
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            there are that would prove the Heavens not
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            to be Round, out of that place, Pſal. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">104. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
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            ſtretched out the Heavens like a Curtain. </s>
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            Procopius alſo was of Opinion, that the Earth
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            was founded upon the Waters; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Nay, he made
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            it part of his Faith, proving it out of Pſal.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">24. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">He hath founded the Earth upon the Seas,
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            and eſtabliſhed it upon the Floods. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Theſe and
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            ſuch like Abſurdities have followed, when
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            Men look for the Grounds of Philſophy in the
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            Words of Scripture. </s>
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