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

That the Moon may be a World. you may ſee ſundry Diſcourſes more at large
in Ludovicus Molina, Euſebius Nirembergius,
with divers others. The Venerable Bede
thought the Planets to conſiſt of all the four
Elements; and ’tis likely that the other parts
are of an Aerous Subſtance, as will be ſhewed
after wards; however, I cannot now ſtand to re-
cite the Arguments for either; I have only
urged theſe Authorities to countervail Ariſtotle,
and the School-Men, and the better to make
way for a proof of their Corruptibility.


In Hexam.
lib. 4.
Enarrat. in
Geneſ. art.
In opere 6.
diſput. 5.
In lib. de

The next thing then to be enquir'd after, is,
whether they be of a corruptible Nature, not
whether they can be deſtroyed of God; for
this, Scripture puts out of doubt.


2 Pet. 3. 12

Nor whether or no in a long time they
would wear away and grow worſe; for from
any ſuch Fear they have been lately priviledg-
ed. But whether they are capable of ſuch
changes and viciſſitudes, as this inferiour
World is lyable unto?


By Doctor
Ap. l. lib. 2.

The two chief Opinions concerning this,
have both erred in ſome extremity, the one
ſide going ſo far from the other, that they
have both gone beyond the Right, whilſt
Ariſtotle hath oppos'd the Truth, as well as the

Some of the Ancients have thought, that
the Heavenly Bodies have ſtood in need of
Nouriſhment from the Elements, by which
they were continually Fed, and ſo had divers
Alterations by reaſon of their Food?


de plac.
philoſ. l. 2.
c. 17.
Nat. Hiſt.
l. 2. c. 9.
Nat. quæſt.
lib. 2. c. 5.

Fathered on Heraclitus, followed by that great
Naturaliſt Pliny, and in general attributed to all the Stoicks. You may ſee Seneca expreſly


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