23 January 2020 /Flat Earth

The Deceptive Sophistry of Kent Hovind


Kent Hovind tries to explain Isaiah 40:22 where God states: "It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth" In arguing that "circle" really means "sphere" Hovind (who touts the fact that he taught geometry for 15 years) claims that circles are only imaginary. Hovind says:


"There is no such thing as a circle. A circle does not exist, except in imagination. Because if it has any height at all even the thickness of your ink if you draw a circle on a piece of paper your ink left behind is got a certain thickness to it it is now a cylinder, right? Technically, there is no such thing as a circle. It's an imaginary construct for geometry. And it's practical and we use it all the time, but in reality, it doesn't exist. If it's got any height the thickness of your pencil or pen it's now a cylinder."


Hovind uses sophistry to beguile the ignorant. He claims that a circle with any depth is a cylinder. But what he fails to explain is that a cylinder has a circle at each end. A cylinder cannot be a cylinder without circles. A cylinder is a closed solid object with a curved surface that connects two identical flat ends that are circular, congruent, and parallel. Thus a cylinder has a circle at each end. A circle is real. Indeed, without a circle, one could not have a cylinder. Thus, contrary to Hovind’s claim, circles exist.


When God stated that "It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth" (Isaiah 40:22), he was referring to the flat circular surface of the earth. That is why God described the surface of the earth as "the circle OF the earth." God means by that statement that the surface of the earth has a face that is flat and circular. He was not saying that the earth was a circle with no depth. Just as a cylinder has a flat circle at each end, so also, the face of the earth is a flat circle. The surface of the earth is "the circle OF the earth," in the same way the end of a cylinder is the "circle OF the cylinder." Circles are real; the earth is real; the circle of the earth is real.


Hovind argues that the circle mentioned in Isaiah 40:22 is actually describing a sphere. But that is impossible. It would be like arguing that a cylinder could still be a cylinder if each of the circles at each end of the cylinder were spheres. The only way to accomplish having spheres at each end of a cylinder and still look something like a cylinder would be to split a sphere in half and place each hemisphere at opposite ends of the cylinder. But the resulting shape would no longer be a cylinder; it would be a capsule. Just as it is impossible for a cylinder to have hemispheres at each end because it would no longer be a cylinder, it would then be a capsule, so also it is impossible for the circle of the earth to be a sphere, as it would no longer be a circle. A circle cannot be a sphere, just as a cylinder cannot be a capsule.


Ed

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