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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22646That the Earth may be a Planet. Beams in his deſcent to the Ocean; which,
thought it be an abſurd miſtake, yet we may
note, that the Holy Ghoſt, in the expreſſion
of theſe things, is pleaſed to conform him-
ſelf unto ſuch kind of vulgar and falſe Con-
ceits;
and therefore, often ſpeaks of the
Ends of the Heaven, and the Ends of 11Pſ 19. 6.
Mat 24. 31
World.
In this ſenſe, they that come from
22Pſal. 22.
27, & c.
any far Country, are ſaid to come from the
End of Heaven, Iſa.
13. 5. And in another
place, From the Side of the Heavens, Deut.
4.
32. All which Phraſes do plainly allude unto
the error of vulgar Capacities, (ſaith San-
33Comment.
in lſa. 13. 5
ctius) which hereby is better inſtructed,
than it would by more proper expreſ-
ſions.
Thus likewiſe, becauſe ignorant People
cannot well apprehend how ſo great a
weight as the Sea and Land, ſhould hang a-
lone in the open Air, without being founded
upon ſome Baſis to behold it:
therefore in
this reſpect alſo, does Scripture apply it ſelf
unto their Conceits, where it often menti-
ons the Foundations of the Earth.
Which
44Job 38. 4.
pſ. 102. 25
Phraſe, in the Letter of it, does manifeſt-
ly allude unto Mens Imaginations in this
kind.
Thus alſo the common People uſually
conceive the Earth to be upon the Water,
becauſe, when they have travelled any way
as far as they can, they are at length ſtopped
by the Sea.
Therefore doth Scripture, in re-
ference to this, affirm, That God stretched
55Pſ. 136. 6.
& 24. 2.
the Earth upon the Waters, founded the

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