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.
to the Opinion of any Man, as to think what
ever he ſays to be infallible.
We muſt la-
bour to find out what things are in them-
ſelves by our own experience, and a through
examination of their natures, not what an-
other ſays of them.
And if in ſuch an im-
partial enquiry, we chance to light upon a
new way, and that which is beſides the com-
mon rode, this is neither our fault, nor our
unhappineſs.
Not our fault, becauſe it did not ariſe from
Singularity or Affectation.
Not our unhap-
pineſs, becauſe it is rather a Priviledge to be
the firſt in finding out ſuch Truths, as are not
diſcernable to every common eye.
If No-
velty ſhould always be rejected, neither
would Arts have arrived to that perfection
wherein now we enjoy them, nor could we
ever hope for any future Reformation:
Though all Truth be in it ſelf Eternal; yet
in reſpect of Mens Opinions, there is ſcarce
any ſo antient, but had a beginning, and was
once accounted a Novelty;
and if for this
reaſon it had been condemned as an errour,
what a general darkneſs and ignorance
would then have been in the World, in com-
pariſon of that light which now abounds;

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