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.]
[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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The Firſt Book.
That the
MOON
May be a
WORLD.

The Firſt Propoſition, by way of Preface.

That the ſtrangeneſs of this Opinion is no ſuffici-
ent reaſon why it ſhould be rejected, becauſe
other certain Truths have been formerly eſtee-
med ridiculous, and great Abſurdities entertai-
ned by common Gonſent.
THere is an earneſtneſs and hungring after
Novelty, which doth ſtill adhere unto
all our Natures, and it is part of that
Primitive Image, that wide Extent and infi-
nite Capacity at firſt created in the Heart of
Man.
For this, ſince its depravation in Adam,
perceiving it ſelf altogether emptyed of any
good, doth now catch after every new Thing,
conceiving that poſſibly it may find Satisfaction
among ſome of its fellow Creatures.
But our
Enemy the Devil (who ſtrives ſtill to pervert

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