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

That the Earth may be a Planet. with divers ſuch ſtories. And 'tis ſcarce
credible, that this ſhould have been omitted
amongſt the reſt.

Nay, we have (as many gueſs) ſome
hints from prophane Antiquity, of the Mira-
cle wrought by Joſhua. Unto which, ’tis
thought, the Ancients did allude, in the Fa-
ble of Phaëton, when the Sun was ſo irregu-
lar in his courſe, that he burnt ſome part of
the World. And queſtionleſs then, this
whith hapned in later Times, would not
have been ſo wholly forgotten. 'Tis an Ar-
gument urged by Origen, That the Eclipſe at our Saviour's Paſſion was not univerſal,
becauſe no prophane Author of thoſe times
mentions it. Which Conſequence is the ve-
ry ſame with that which is urged in this
caſe: But by the way, his Antecedent was
falſe, ſince Tertullian affirms, That it was recorded among the Roman Annals.


* Tract it.
35. in Mat.
+ Apolog @.
cap. 21.

Now, as for that ſtory in Herodotus, where
after he had related the flight of Senacherib,
he tells us, how the Sun did, four times in
the ſpace of 10340 Years, invert his courſe,
and riſe in the Weſt; which would ſeem ſo
unto other Nations, if he had only returned,
as many conclude, from this Scripture. As
for this ſtory, (I ſay) it cannot well be ur-
ged as pertinent to the preſent buſineſs, be-
cauſe it ſeems to have reference unto Times
that never were.


Lib. 2. A.

So that all theſe things being well conſi-
dered, we ſhall find it more probable, that


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