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

That the Earth may be a Planet. Command of their Superiors, and (which
is very abſurd) even in natural Queſtions,
not to aſſent unto any thing, but what Au-
thority ſhall allow of.

3. A judging of things by Sence, rather
than by Diſcourſe and Reaſon: a tying of
the meaning of Scripture, to the Letter of
it; and from thence concluding Philoſophi-
cal Points, together with an ignorance of
all thoſe grounds and probabilities in Aſtro-
nomy, upon which this Opinion is bottomed. And this, in all likelihood, is the reaſon why
ſome Men, who in other things perhaps are
able Scholars, do write ſo vehemently againſt
it: and why the common People in general
do cry it down, as being abſurd and ridicu-
lous. Under this head I might refer the op-
poſition of Mr. Fuller, Al. Roſſ, & c.

But now, no prejudice that may ariſe from
the bare Authority of ſuch Enemies as theſe,
will be liable to ſway the judgment of an
indifferent conſidering Man; and I doubt
not but that he who will throughly weigh
with himſelf theſe Particulars that are here
propounded, may find ſome ſatisfaction for
theſe Arguments, which are taken from the
ſeeming Novelty and Singularity of this
Opinion.

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