Full text: Wilkins, John: A discovery of a new world

That the Earth may be a Planet. tilia, not ſuch curioſities of Nature as are
not eaſily apprehended.

2. ’Tis not only beſides that which is the
chief purpoſe of theſe places, but it might
happen alſo to be ſomewhat oppoſite unto
it. For Men being naturally unapt to be-
lieve any thing that ſeems contrary to their
ſenſes, might upon this begin to queſtion
the Authority of that Book which affirmed
it, or at leaſt to wreſt Scripture ſome wrong
way, to force it to ſome other ſence which
might be more agreeable to their own falſe
Imagination. Tertullian tells us of ſome Hereticks, who when they were plainly con-
futed out of any Scripture, would preſently
accuſe thoſe Texts or Books to be Fallible,
and of no Authority; and rather yield
Scripture to be erroneous, than forgo thoſe
Tenents for which they thought there was
ſo good reaſon. So likewiſe might it have
been in theſe Points, which ſeem to bear in
them ſo much contradiction to the ſenſes
and common opinion: and therefore ’tis
excellent advice ſet down by S. Auſtin; Quod nibil credere de re obſcurá temere debe-
mus, ne forte quod postea veritas patefecerit,
quamvis libris ſanctis, ſive Teſtamenti veteris,
ſive novi, nullo modo eſſe poſſit adverſum, ta-
men propter amorem noſtri erroris oderimus: That we ſhould not haſtily ſettle our Opi-
nions concerning any obſcure matter, leſt
afterwards, the Truth being diſcovered,
(which however it may ſeem, cannot be
repugnant to any thing in Scripture) we


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