T. DeWitt Talmage
Isaiah, 40: 22: " It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the
While yet people thought that the world was flat,
and thousands of years before they found out that it
was round, Isaiah, in my text, intimated the shape
of it, God sitting upon the circle of the earth. The
most beautiful figure in all geometry is the circle.
God made the universe on the plan of a circle.
There are in the natural world straight lines,
angles, parallelograms, diagonals, quadrangles; but
these evidently are not God's favorites. Almost
everywhere where you find him geometrizing, you
find the circle dominant, and if not the circle, then the
curve, which is a circle that died young! If it had
lived long enough, it would have been a full orb, a
periphery. An ellipse is a circle pressed only a little
too hard at the sides.
Giant's Causeway in Ireland shows what God
thinks of mathematics. There are over thirty-five
thousand columns of rocks-octagonal, hexagonal,
pentagonal. These rocks seem to have been made by
rule and by compass. Every artist has his moulding
room, where he may make fifty shapes; but he chooses
one shape as preferable to all others. I will not say
that the Giant's Causeway was the world's moulding
room, but I do say, out of a great many figures, God
seems to have selected the circle as the best. "It is
he that sitteth on the circle of the earth." The stars
in a circle, the moon in a circle, the sun in a circle, the
universe in a circle, and the throne of God the centre
of that circle. Full appreciation of this would correct
the bungling architecture of churches, whose shape is
a defiance of divine suggestion.
When men build churches, they ought to imitate
the idea of the Great Architect, and put the audience
in a circle, knowing that the tides of emotion roll
more easily that way thlan in straight liies. Six thou-
sand years ago God flung this world out of his right
hand; but he did not th ...
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