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.
2. A ſervile and ſuperſtitious fear of de-
rogating from the Authority of the Anci-
ents, or oppoſing that meaning of Scripture
phraſes, wherein the ſuppoſed infallible
Church hath for a long time underſtood
them.
’Tis made part of the new Creed,
ſet forth by Pius the Fourth, 1564.
That no
Man ſhould aſſent unto any interpretation of
Scripture, which is not approved of by the
Authority of the Fathers.
And this is the
reaſon why the Jeſuits, who are otherwife
the greateſt affectors of thoſe Opinions,
which ſeem to be new and ſubtil, do yet
forbear to ſay any thing in defence of this;
but rather take all occaſions to inveigh a-
gainſt it.
One of them does expreſlySerrari-
us Com-
men in
J oſ. c. 10.
Queſt. 14.
condemn it for a Hereſy.
And ſince him,
it hath been called in by two Seſſions ofthe Cardinals, as being an Opinion both ab-
ſurd and dangerous.
And therefore like-
So Lipſius
Phiſiol l.2.
wiſe do they puniſh it, by caſting the De-
An. Dom.
1616. item
1633.
fenders of it into the Pope’s trueſt Purga-
tory, the Inquiſition:
But yet neither theſe
Councels, nor any (that I know of) ſince
them, have proceeded to ſuch a peremptory
cenſure of it, as to conclude it a Hereſy:
fearing perhaps, leſt a more exact examina-
tion, and the diſcovery of future times, ſind-
ing it to be an undeniable Truth, it might
redound to the prejudice of their Church,
and its Infallibility.
And therefore he that
is moſt bitter againſt it, in the heat and vio-
lence of Oppoſition, will not call it a Here-
ſy:
the worſt that he dares ſay of it, is,

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