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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            appearance. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">we do not oppoſe this to rea-
            lity; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but 'tis implied, that this reality is not
            abſolute, and in the nature of the thing it
            ſelf, but only relative, and in reference to
            us. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I may ſay, a Candle is a bigger Light
            than a Star, or the Moon, becauſe it is re-
            ally ſo to me. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">However any one will think
            this to be ſpoken, only in relation to its ap-
            pearance, and not to be underſtood as if
            the thing were ſo in it ſelf. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But (by the
            way) it does concern Fromondus to maintain
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            the Scripture's Authority, in revealing of
            natural Secrets; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">becauſe, from thence it is
            that he fetches the chief Argument for that
            ſtrange Aſſertion of his, concerning the hea-
            vineſs of the Wind; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">where Job ſays, that
              <anchor type="note" xlink:label="note-0219-02a" xlink:href="note-0219-02"/>
            God makes the weight for the Wind. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus
            likewiſe, becauſe the common People uſual-
            ly think the Rain to proceed from ſome
            Waters in the Expanſum: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">therefore doth
            Moſes, in reference to this erroneous Con-
            ceit, tell us of Waters above the Firmament,
            and the Windows of Heaven : </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Of which,
            ſaith Calvin, Nimis ſerviliter literæ ſe aſtrin-
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            gunt, &</s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">c. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">'Such Men too ſervilely tie them-
            ‘ ſelves unto the Letter of the Text, who
            ‘ hence conclude, that there is a Sea in the
            ‘ Heavens : </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">when as we know, that Moſes
            ‘ and the Prophets, to accommodate them-
            ‘ ſelves unto the capacity of ruder People,
            ‘ do uſe a vulgar expreſſion; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and therefore
            ‘ it would be a prepoſterous courſe, to re-
            ‘ duce their phraſes unto the exact Rules of
            ‘ Philoſophy. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Let me add, that from this</s>