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.
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            But enough of this. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">You may commonly ſee
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            it confuted by many other Arguments. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Others
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            there are, who affirm theſe to be ſome new
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            created Stars, produc’d by an extraordinary
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            ſupernatural Power. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I anſwer, true indeed,
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            ’tis poſſible they might be ſo, but however,
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            ’tis not likely they were ſo, ſince ſuch appea-
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            rances may be ſalved ſome other way; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">where-
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            fore to fly unto a miracle for ſuch things, were
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            a great Injury to Nature, and to derogate
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            from her skill; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">an Indignity miſ-becoming
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            a Man who profeſſes himſelf to be a Philoſo-
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            pher. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Miraculum (ſays one) eſt ignorantiæ Aſy-
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            lum, a Miracle often ſerves for the Recepta-
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            cle of a lazy Ignorance; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">which any induſtrious
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            Spirit would be aſham’d of, it being but an
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            idle way to ſhift off the Labour of any further
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            ſearch. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But here’s the miſery of it, we firſt
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            tye our ſelves unto Ariſtotle’s Principles, and
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            then conclude that nothing can contradict ’em,
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            but a Miracle; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">whereas ’twould be much bet-
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            ter for the Commonwealth of Learning, if
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            we would ground our Principles rather upon
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            the frequent experiences of our own, than the
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            bare Authority of others.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0130-01" xlink:href="note-0130-01a" xml:space="preserve">Clavius in
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            ſphæram.
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            cap. 1.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Some there are who think, that theſe Co-
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            mets are nothing elſe, but Exhalations from
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            our Earth, carryed up into the higher parts of
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            the Heaven. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So Peno, Rothmannus & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Galilæus.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But this is not poſſible, ſince by Computation
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            ’tis found, that one of them is above 300 times
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            bigger than the wholeGlobe of Land & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">water.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Others therefore have thought that they did
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            proceed from the Body of the Sun, and that
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            Planet only is Gometarum officina, unde tanquam</s>
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