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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That the Moon may be a World.
ſhould have Trave@ed thither alſo, if there had
been any Inhabitants;
eſpecially ſince he did ex-
preſly command them to go &
Teach all Nations,
and Preach the Goſpel through the whole World,
and therefore he thinks, that as there are no
Mat. 28. 16.Men, ſo neither are there Seas, or Rivers, or any
other conveniency for Habitation.
’Tis com-
monly related of one Virgliius, that he was Ex-
Aventinus
Annal Boi-
orum lib. 3
communicated and Condemned for a Heretick
by Zachary Biſhop of Rome, becauſe he was
not of the ſame Opinion.
But Baronius ſays,
becauſe he thought there was another habita-
Annal Ec-
cleſ. A. D.
748.
ble World within ours.
However, you may
well enough diſcern in theſe examples, how
confident many of theſe great Scholars were
in ſo groſs an Error, how unlikely, what in-
credible thing it ſeemed to them, that there
ſhould be any Antipodes:
and yet now this
Truth is as certain and plain, as Senſe or De-
monſtration can make it.
This then which I
now deliver, is not to be rejected, though it
may ſeem to contradict the common Opinion.
2. Groſs abſurdities have been entertained
by general conſent.
I might Inſtance in many
remarkable examples, but I will only ſpeak
of the ſuppoſed Labour of the Moon in her
Eclipſes, becauſe this is neareſt to the chieſ
matter in hand, and was received as a common
Opinion amongſt many of the Antients, inſo-
much that from hence they ſtiled the Eclipſes
by the name of πὰθη Paſſions, or in the Phraſe
of the Poets

Solis lunæq; labores.

And therefore Plutarch ſpeaking of a Lunary

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