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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            <s xml:space="preserve">4. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">A Fourth Argument there is urged by
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            Aquinas; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">if there be more Worlds than one,
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            then they muſt either be of the ſame, or of a
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            divers Nature; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but they are not of the ſame
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            kind; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for this were needleſs, and would argue
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            an Improvidence, ſince one could have no
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            more perfection than the other; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">not of divers
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            kinds, for then one of them would not be cal-
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            led the World or Univerſe, ſince it did not
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            contain univerſal perfection. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I have cited this
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            Argument, becauſe it is ſo much ſtood upon
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            by Julius Gæſar la Galla, one that has purpoſe-
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            ly writ a Treatiſe againſt this Opinion which
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            I now deliver; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but the Dilemma is ſo blunt,
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            that it cannot cut on either ſide; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and the Con-
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            ſequences ſo weak, that I dare truſt them
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            without an Anſwer. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And (by the way) you
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            may ſee this later Author in that place, where
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            he@ endeavours to prove a neceſſity of one
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            World, doth leave the chief matter in Hand,
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            and take much needleſs pains to diſpute againſt
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            Democritus, who thought, that the World
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            was made by the caſual concourſe of Atoms in
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            a great Vacuum. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">It ſhould ſeem, that either
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            his cauſe, or his Skill was weak, or elſe he
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            would have ventur'd upon a ſtronger Adver-
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            ſary. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Theſe Arguments which I have ſet
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            down, are the chiefeſt which I have met with
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            againſt this Subject; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">yet the beſt of theſe hath
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            not force enough to endanger the Truth that
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            I have deliver'd.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0032-01" xlink:href="note-0032-01a" xml:space="preserve">Ibid.</note>
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            in orbe Lu-
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            na.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Unto the two firſt, it may be anſwer'd, that
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            the Negative Authority of Scripture is not
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            prevalent in thoſe things which are not the
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            Fundamentals of Religion.</s>
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