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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            quoted) think, That Ariſtotle was the Viol
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            of Gods Wrath, which was poured out upon
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            the Waters of Wiſdom, by the Third Angel;
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But for my part, I think the World is much
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            beholden to him for all its Sciences. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But yet
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            ’twere a ſhame for theſe later Ages to reſt our
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            Selves meerly upon the Labours of our Fore-
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            Fathers, as if they had informed us of all things
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            to be known; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and when we are ſet upon their
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            Shoulders, not to ſee further than they them-
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            ſelves did. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Twere a Superſtitious, a lazy
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            Opinion, to think Ariſtotle's Works the Bounds
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            and Limits of all humane Invention, beyond
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            which there could be no poſſibility of reaching.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Certainly there are yet many things left to diſ-
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            covery, and it cannot be any inconvenience
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            for us, to maintain a new Truth, or rectifie
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            an ancient Errour.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0031-01" xlink:href="note-0031-01a" xml:space="preserve">Rev. 16. 4.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But the poſition (ſay ſome) is directly againſt
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            Scripture, for</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">M@ſes tells us but of one World, and his
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            Hiſtory of the Creation had been very imper-
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            fect, if God had made another.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Saint John ſpeaking of Gods Works, ſays,
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            he made the World in the ſingular Number,
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            and therefore there is but one: </s>
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            ment of Aquinas, and he thinks that none
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            will oppoſe it, but ſuch who with Democritus,
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            eſteem ſome blind Chance, and not any wiſe
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            Providence to be the Framet of all things.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0031-02" xlink:href="note-0031-02a" xml:space="preserve">Part. 1. Q.
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            47. Art. 3.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">3. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The Opinion of more Worlds has in
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            Ancient times been accounted a Hereſie, and
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            Baronius affirms, that for this very reaſon Vir-
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            gilius was caſt out of his Biſhoprick, and Ex-
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            communicated from the Church.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0031-03" xlink:href="note-0031-03a" xml:space="preserve">Annal.
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            Eccl. A. D.
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            748.</note>
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