The dawn of modern geographyA history of exploration and geographical science .. . utile judgment ? Let us Christians ask these Aviseacres, who babble aboutthe world revolving on its own axis, one or two simple butsearching questions. Who is it that sustains this infallibleaxis of theirs ? How has it been driven through the earthfor us to revolve upon, and what is it made of ? ^ And donot let us be drawn aside by the dishonest conceit of someof these Sphericists, that our world may be moved by thevolume of air pent up within it. Let us for one momentconsult fact and common sense. If a man were

The dawn of modern geographyA history of exploration and geographical science .. . utile judgment ? Let us Christians ask these Aviseacres, who babble aboutthe world revolving on its own axis, one or two simple butsearching questions. Who is it that sustains this infallibleaxis of theirs ? How has it been driven through the earthfor us to revolve upon, and what is it made of ? ^ And donot let us be drawn aside by the dishonest conceit of someof these Sphericists, that our world may be moved by thevolume of air pent up within it. Let us for one momentconsult fact and common sense. If a man were Stock Photo
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The dawn of modern geographyA history of exploration and geographical science .. . utile judgment ? Let us Christians ask these Aviseacres, who babble aboutthe world revolving on its own axis, one or two simple butsearching questions. Who is it that sustains this infallibleaxis of theirs ? How has it been driven through the earthfor us to revolve upon, and what is it made of ? ^ And donot let us be drawn aside by the dishonest conceit of someof these Sphericists, that our world may be moved by thevolume of air pent up within it. Let us for one momentconsult fact and common sense. If a man were filled withair, would he be kept moving ? We know what wouldreally happen. He would burst, before he got very far inhis movement. How much more, then, would the earthperish, if it had ever been turned into this kind of wind-bag ? ^ Can there be any question, concludes this first partof our refutation, about the central truths of nature; that down by a prevailing gravity, orborne up by the action of the con-trary. Pages 118, 119(Montf.).Pages 119, 120 (Montf.).Page 121 (Montf.).. } THE PLANS Oi COSMAS. iii. Tlie World and the Pillars of Heaven. [To facep. 286. VI.] COSMAS DEBT TO HIS FRIENDS. 287 the sky is fixed, that the earth is the centre of the universe, and that sun, moon, stars and this same earth of ours are allsustained by God alone ? A popular error is next disproved about the source ofrain.^ It does not come from heat drawing up moistureinto clouds; for the effect of heat is not to attract upAvards, but the reverse, as Cosmas proves triumphantly from severalinstances—a bath, a wet log on the fire, a garment newlywashed and drying in the sun. Does not the moisture ofdamp wood run down into the flame ? Does not the per-spiration of the body trickle downwards ? ^ So much for a first essay in scattering the clouds of error.Cosmas now turns ^ with some exj)ressions of relief to thepleasanter part of his work, that of directing his readerstowards the light of truth. He remi

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