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Great Architect of the Universe (GAOTU) is a term used within Freemasonry to denominate the Supreme Being which each member individually holds an adherence to. The Masonic Square and Compasses. ...

Freemasonry is a fraternal body which accept initiates of many faiths, using metaphors of architecture, and construction to inculcate moral, ethical and philosophical principles in the participants. The allegorical working of its ritual is based around the construction of Solomon's Temple as relayed in Tanakh. The GAOTU is also represented by the Hebrew letters Tetragrammaton in many Masonic tracing boards. The Masonic Square and Compasses. ... A fraternity or brotherhood, also called by the German terms Männerbund or Brüderschaft, is an all-male human peer group, often bound together by oaths, codes of honour (see warrior code), initiation rites, mysticism or secrecy. ... The word faith has various uses; its central meaning is similar to belief, trust or confidence, but unlike these terms, faith tends to imply a transpersonal rather than interpersonal relationship – with God or a higher power. ... In language, a metaphor is a rhetorical trope where a comparison is made between two seemingly unrelated subjects. ... The Parthenon on top of the Acropolis, Athens, Greece Table of architecture, Cyclopaedia, 1728 The following article focuses on built environment, the architecture of spaces designed for human habitation. ... Cranes are essential in large construction projects, such as this skyscraper In project architecture and civil engineering, construction is the building or assembly of any infrastructure. ... Solomons Temple (Hebrew: בית המקדש, transliterated Beit HaMikdash), also known as the First Temple, was, according to the Bible, the first Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. ... 11th century Targum Tanakh [תנ״ך] (also Tanach or Tenach) is an acronym that identifies the Hebrew Bible. ... Hebrew (עִבְרִית ‘Ivrit) is a Semitic language of the Afro-Asiatic language family spoken by more than seven million people in Israel, the West Bank, the United States, and by Jewish communities around the world. ... The Tetragrammaton in Phoenician (1100 BC to AD 300), Aramaic (10th century BC to 1 BC) and modern Hebrew scripts. ...

Speculative Commentary

An architect is not only a person responsible for creating a building, but a person using principles of mathematics and geometry to design the construction in a rational, harmonious manner. Moreover, once the plan or blueprint has been made, the architect will in general no longer intervene in the process of construction unless there is a requirement for a change to the design. If God is such an architect, this means that the universe follows rational, understandable principles or "laws", which, once laid down, cannot be changed. Architect at his drawing board, 1893 An architect is a person involved in the planning, designing and oversight of a buildings construction. ... Euclid, detail from The School of Athens by Raphael. ... Table of Geometry, from the 1728 Cyclopaedia. ... Usually considered in the context of the applied arts, engineering, architecture, and other such creative endeavours, design is used as both a noun and a verb. ... Modern blueprint of the French galleon La Belle. ...

This conception of God, in contrast to the alternative concept of a God who regularly intervenes in his Creation, performing various miracles that cannot be explained, provides a direct foundation for modern science. This may explain why the roots of modern science can be traced back to early Freemasons[1] amongst others who were the founders of the Royal Society of London[2], the first scientific association in the world. For the U.S. hockey teams victory in the 1980 Winter Olympics, see Miracle on Ice, or Miracle (movie) According to many religions, a miracle is an intervention by God in the universe. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Science For the scientific journal named Science, see Science (journal). ... The premises of the Royal Society in London (first four properties only). ...


  1. English Speculative Freemasonry: Some possible Origins, Themes and Developments. The Prestonian Lecture for 2004 in Ars Quatuor Coronatum 2004 by Trevor Stewart, pub London 2005
  2. The Invisible College: The Royal Society, Freemasonry and the Birth of Modern Science by Robert Lomas, pub London 2003

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