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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[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 may ſee ſundry Diſcourſes more at large
In opere 6.
diſput. 5.
In lib. de
in Ludovicus Molina, Euſebius Nirembergius,
with divers others.
The Venerable Bede
thought the Planets to conſiſt of all the four
and ’tis likely that the other parts
are of an Aerous Subſtance, as will be ſhewed
after wards;
however, I cannot now ſtand to re-
cite the Arguments for either;
I have only
urged theſe Authorities to countervail Ariſtotle,
and the School-Men, and the better to make
way for a proof of their Corruptibility.
The next thing then to be enquir'd after, is,
2 Pet. 3. 12whether they be of a corruptible Nature, not
whether they can be deſtroyed of God;
this, Scripture puts out of doubt.
Nor whether or no in a long time they
would wear away and grow worſe;
for from
By Doctor
Ap. l. lib. 2.
any ſuch Fear they have been lately priviledg-
But whether they are capable of ſuch
changes and viciſſitudes, as this inferiour
World is lyable unto?
The two chief Opinions concerning this,
have both erred in ſome extremity, the one
ſide going ſo far from the other, that they
have both gone beyond the Right, whilſt
Ariſtotle hath oppos'd the Truth, as well as the
Some of the Ancients have thought, that
the Heavenly Bodies have ſtood in need of
de plac.
philoſ. l. 2.
c. 17.
Nat. Hiſt.
l. 2. c. 9.
Nat. quæſt.
lib. 2. c. 5.
Nouriſhment from the Elements, by which
they were continually Fed, and ſo had divers
Alterations by reaſon of their Food?
Fathered on Heraclitus, followed by that great
Naturaliſt Pliny, and in general attributed toall the Stoicks.
You may ſee Seneca expreſly

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