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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            more generally profeſt, ſhould notwithſtand-
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            ing be ſo much miſtaken in ſo obvious a mat-
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            ter: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Why then may we not think that thoſe
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            Primitive Saints, who were the Pen-Men of
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            Scripture, and eminent above others in their
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            time for Holineſs and Knowledge, might yet
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            be utterly Ignorant of many Philoſophical
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            Truths, which are commonly known in theſe
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            days? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis probable, that the Holy Ghoſt
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            did inform them only with the knowledge
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            of thoſe things whereof they were to be the
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            Pen-Men, and that they were not better
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            skilled in points of Philoſophy than others.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">There were indeed ſome of them who were
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            ſupernaturally indowed with human Learn-
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            ing; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">yet this was, becauſe they might there-
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            by be fitted for ſome particular ends, which
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            all the reſt were not appointed unto: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus
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            Solomon was ſtrangely gifted with all kind of
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            knowledge, in a great meaſure, becauſe he
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            was to teach us by his own experience the
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            extreme Vanity of it, that we might not ſo
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            ſettle our deſires upon it, as if it were able
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            to yield us contentment. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So too the Apoſtles
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            were extraordinarily inſpir’d with the
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            knowledge of Languages, becauſe they were
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            to preach unto all Nations. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But it will not
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            hence follow, that therefore the other Holy
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            Pen-Men were greater Scholars than others.
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis likely that Job had as much human
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            Learning as moſt of them, becauſe his Book
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            i, more eſpecially remarkable for lofty ex-
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            preſſions, and diſcourſes of Nature; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and
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            yet ’tis not likely that he was acquainted</s>
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