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 Earth may be a Planet.
2. That divers Men have fallen into great
Abſurdities, whilſt they have looked for the
Grounds of Philoſophy, from the words of
and therefore it may be dange-
rous, in this Point alſo, to adhere ſo cloſely
unto the Letter of the Text.


That the Holy Ghoſt, in many places of
# Scripture, does plainly conform his Ex-
# preſſions unto the Errors of our Con-
# ceits;
and does not ſpeak of divers
# things as they are in themſelves, but as
# they appear unto us.
THere is not any particular by which
Philoſophy hath been more endamaged,
than the ignorant ſuperſtition of ſome Men,
who, in ſtating the Controverſies of it, do
ſo cloſely adhere unto the meer words of
Quamplurima occurrunt in libris
ſacris ad natur am pertinentia, &
c. They are
the words of Vatleſius.
‘There are ſun-Proa@.
ad Phil.
‘ dry things in Holy Writ, concerning Na-
‘ tural Points, which moſt Men think are not
‘ ſo to be underſtood, as if the Holy Ghoſt
‘ did intend to unfold unto us any thing in
‘ that kind :
but referring all to the ſalva-
‘ tion of our Souls, does ſpeak of other mat-
‘ ters according to common Opinion.

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