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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            to him, as he ſaid to his Maſter Plato, ἀμφοῖν
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            ‘Plato were his Friend, yet he would rather
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0030-01" xlink:href="note-0030-01a" xml:space="preserve">Ethic. l. 1.
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            c. 9.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">I muſt needs grant, that we are all much
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            beholden to the Induſtry of the Ancient Philo-
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            ſophers, and more eſpecially to Ariſtotle, for
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            the greater part of our Learning; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but yet ’tis
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            not Ingratitude to ſpeak againſt him, when he
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            oppoſeth Truth; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for then many of the Fathers
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            would be very Guilty, eſpecially Juſtin, who
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            hath writ a Treatiſe purpoſely againſt him.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But ſuppoſe this opinion were falſe, yet ’tis
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            not againſt the Faith, and ſo it may ſerve for
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            the better confirmation of that which is True;
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            <s xml:space="preserve">the Sparks of Errour, being forced out by
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            Oppoſition, as the Sparks of Fire by the ſtrike-
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            ing of the Flint and Steel. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But ſuppoſe too,
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            that it were Heretical, and againſt the Faith,
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            yet may it be admitted with the ſame Privi-
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            ledge as Ariſtotle, from whom many more
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            dangerous Opinions have proceeded; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">as, That
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            the World is Eternal, That God cannot have
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            while to look after theſe Inferiour things; </s>
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            That after Death there is no Reward or Pu-
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            niſhment, and ſuch like Blaſphemies, which
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            ſtrike directly at the Fundamentals of our Re-
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            ligion.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">So that it is juſtly to be wondred, why
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            ſome ſhould be ſo Superſtitious in theſe Days,
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            as to ſtick cloſer unto him, than unto Scripture,
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            as if his Philoſophy were the only Foundation
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            of all Divine Truths.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Upon theſe Grounds, both St. </s>
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