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

That the Earth may be a Planet. humane Affairs, calls them, the VVorks
which are done under the Sun. From whence
it appears, that the Earth is below it; and
therefore nearer to the Centre of the Uni-
verſe than the Sun.


Eccleſ. 1.
14, &c.

I anſwer : Though the Sun, in compari-
ſon to the abſolute Frame of the World, be
in the midſt; yet this does not hinder, but
that in reſpect to our Earth, he may be tru-
ly ſaid to be above it, becauſe we uſually
meaſure the height or lowneſs of any thing,
by its being further off, or nearer unto this
Centre of our Earth. From which, ſince
the Sun is ſo remote, it may properly be af-
firmed, that we are under it ; though not-
withſtanding that be in the Centre of the

A ſecond Argument of the ſame kind, is
urged by Fromondus.

’Tis requiſite, that Hell (which is in the
Centre of the Earth) ſhould be moſt re-
motely ſcituated from the Seat of the Bleſ-
ſed. But now this Heaven, which is the
Seat of the Bleſſed, is concentrical to the
ſtarry Sphere. And therefore it will ſollow,
that our Earth muſt be in the midſt of this
Sphere; and ſo conſequently in the Centre
of the World.


Antar. c.
12. item

I anſwer : This Argument is grounded
upon theſe uncertainties ;

1. That Hell muſt needs be ſcituated in
the Centre of our Earth.

2. That the Heaven of the Bleſſed, muſt
needs be concentrical to that oſ the Stars.

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