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

That the Earth may be a Planet. a little after, Ego divina hæc eloquia, & c. ‘ I for my part am perſuaded, that theſe
‘ Divine Treatiſes, were not written by the
‘ Holy and Inſpired Pen-Men, for the Inter-
‘ pretation of Philoſophy, becauſe God left
‘ ſuch things to be found out by Mens labour
‘ and induſtry. But yet, whatſoever is in
‘ them concerning nature, is moſt true; as
‘ proceeding from the God of Nature, from
‘ whom nothing could be hid. And que-
ſtionleſs, all thoſe things which the Scrip-
ture does deliver concerning any natural
Point, cannot be but certain and infallible,
being underſtood in that ſenſe, wherein
they were firſt intended; but now that it
does ſpeak ſometimes according to common
opinion, rather than the true nature of the
things themſelves, was intimated before; wherefore (by the way) Fromondus his triumph upon the latter part of this Quo-
tation, is but vain, and to no purpoſe. 'Tis
a good Rule ſet down by a learned Com- mentator, to be obſerved in the interpreta-
tion of Scripture: Scriptura ſacra ſapè non
tam ad veritatem ipſam, quam ad hominum opi
nionem, ſermonem accommodat; that it does
many times accommodate its expreſſions,
not ſo much to the Truth it ſelf, as to Mens
Opinions. And in this ſenſe is that Speech
of Gregory concerning Images and Pictures,
attributed by Calvin unto the Hiſtory of the Creation, viz. Librum eſſe idiotarum; That it is a Book for the ſimpler and igno-
rant People. For it being written to in-

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