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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That the Earth may be a Planet.
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            form them, as well as others, 'tis requiſite
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            that it ſhould uſe the moſt plain and eaſy
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            expreſſions. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">To this purpoſe likewiſe is that
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            of
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            Merſennus, Mille ſunt Scripturæ loca, & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">c.</s>
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            ‘ There are very many places of Scripture,
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            ‘ which are not to be interpreted according
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            ‘ to the Letter; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and that for this reaſon,
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            ‘ becauſe God would apply himſelf unto our
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            ‘ capacity and ſenſe: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Preſertim in iis, quæ
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            ad res naturales, oculiſque ſubjectas pertinent;
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            <s xml:space="preserve">more eſpecially in thoſe things which con-
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            cern Nature, and are ſubject to our Eyes. </s>
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            And therefore in the very ſame place, tho
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            he be eager enough againſt Copernicus, yet
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            he concludes that Opinion not to be an He-
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            reſy; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">becauſe (ſaith he) thoſe Scriptures
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            which ſeem to oppoſeit, are not ſo evident,
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            but that they may be capable of another In-
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            terpretation : </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Intimating, that it was not
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            unlikely they ſhould be underſtood in refe-
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            rence to outward appearance, and common
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            opinion. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And that this manner of ſpeech is
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            frequently uſed in many other places of
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            Scripture, may be eaſily manifeſt from theſe
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            following Examples. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus tho the Moon
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            may be proved, by infallible obſervation, to
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            be leſs than any of the viſible Stars; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">yet
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            becauſe of its appearance, and vulgar opi-
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            nion, therefore doth the Scripture, in Com-
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            pariſon to them, call it one of the Great
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            Lights. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Of which place, ſaith Calvin, Mo-
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            ſes populariter ſcripſit, nos potius reſpexit quam
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            ſydera. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Moſes did not ſo much regard the
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            Nature of the thing, as our Capacity; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and</s>
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