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

That the Earth may be a Planet. this opinion were Clemens Alexandrinus, Athanaſius, Hillary, Euſebius, and others. So that it ſeems, if a Man
ſhould reſolutely adhere to the bare words
of the Scripture, he might find contradi-
ction in it: of which, the natural meaning
is altogether incapable. S. Jerome tells us of ſome who would prove Stars to have
underſtanding, from that place in Iſa. 45. 12. My hands have ſtretched out the Heavens,
and all their Hoaſt have I commanded. Now
(ſay they) none but intelligent Creatures are
capable of Precepts; and therefore, the
Stars muſt needs have rational Souls. Of
this opinion was Philo the Jew: nay, ma- ny of the Rabbies conclude, that they do
every hour ſing praiſes unto God, with an
audible real Voice. But of that in Job 38. 7. which ſpeaks of the Morning Stars ſing-
ing together. And Pſal. 19. 3, 4. where ’tis
faid of the Heavens, that there is no ſpeech
nor language where their Voice is not heard, and
their words are gone to the ends of the World. And whereas we tranſlate that place in the
tenth of Joſhua, concerning the ſtanding ſtill
of the Heavens; the original word, םרר,
does properly ſignify Silence; and according
to their opinion, Joſhua did only bid them
hold their peace. From ſuch grounds, ’tis
likely did Origen fetch his Opinion, that the Stars ſhould be ſaved. I might ſet down
many other the like Inſtances, were it not
for being already weary of raking into the
Errors of Antiquity, or uncovering the

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