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

That the Earth may be a Planet. in it all kind of Truths; and that every
meaning was true, which by the Letter of
it, or by Cabaliſtical Interpretations, might
be found out.

Now as it hath been with them, ſo like-
wiſe hath it hapned in proportion unto o-
thers; who by a ſuperſtitious adhering un-
to the bare words of Scripture, have expo-
ſed themſelves unto many ſtrange Errors. Thus S. Baſil holds, That next to the Sun, the Moon is bigger than any of the Stars,
becauſe Moſes does call them only two great


in Gen.

Thus others maintain, That there are
Waters, properly ſo called, above the ſtar-
ry Firmament, becauſe of thoſe vulgar ex-
preſſions in Scripture, which in their literal
ſenſe do mention them. Of this opinion
were many of the Ancients, Philo, Joſeph{us}; and ſince them the Fathers, Juſtin Mar- tyr, Theodoret, Auſtin, Ambroſe, Baſil, and almoſt all the reſt. Since them, ſundry other learned Men, as Bede,
Strabo, Damaſcen, Tho. Aquinas, & c. If
you ask for what purpoſe they were placed
here? Juſtin Martyr tells us, for theſe two
ends: Firſt, To cool the heat that might o-
therwiſe ariſe from the motion of the ſolid
Orbs; and hence it is (ſay they) that Sa-
turn is colder than any of the other Planets,
becauſe tho he move faſter, yet he is nearer
to theſe Waters. Secondly, To preſs and
keep down the Heavens, leſt the frequency
and violence of Winds, might break and


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