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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22444That the Earth may be a Planet.
2. The proportion of the Diameter to
11Roff. Ibid. the Circumference, is not exactly the ſame
as ſeven to two and twenty, but rather leſs.
I anſwer, Though it be, yet ’tis nearer un-
to that, than any other number.
3. The Scripture does but according to its
22Ibid. uſual cuſtom, ſuppreſs the leſs number, and
mention only that which is bigger and more
So in ſome places, Abraham’s 33Gen. 15. ſterity is ſaid to remain in the Land of
Acts 7. 6.
Egypt for four hundred Years;
when as not-
withſtanding other Scriptures tell us, 55Exod. 12. they tarried there thirty Years longer.
Gal. 3. 17.
likewiſe in one place, the number of Ja- cob’s Houſe, who came into Egypt, is rec-
77Gen. 46.
koned to be ſeventy;
whereas 88† Act. 7. 4 they are ſaid to be ſeventy five.
I anſwer: All this is ſo ſar from deſtroy-
ing the force of the preſent Argument, that
it does rather confirm it, and more clearly
evidence unto us, that the Scripture does
not only, not ſpeak exactly in theſe ſubtil
and more ſecret Points of Philoſophy, but
alſo, in the ordinary obvious numbring of
things, does conform unto common cuſtom,
and often uſe the round number for the
4. ’Tis yet objected by another 99† Fro-
mond. Ve
ſta. @, t a.
3. c. 2.
ſary, That we have no reaſon to expect, the
Holy Ghoſt ſhould reveal unto us this Se-
cret in Nature, becauſe neither Archimedes,
nor any other, had then found it out.
reply, and why then ſhould we think that the
Scripture muſt needs inform us of the

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