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THE GREAT ARCHITECT
by Bro. Wallace McLeod. December, 2000
This discussion piece was taken from a 'Short Talk Bulletin', Vol. 78, No. 12 of the Masonic Service Assn. Of North America, December, 2000, written by Bro. Wallace McLeod, Grand Historian of the Grand Lodge of Canada in Ontario.
In the Masonic Ritual, God is called "The Great Architect
of the Universe." For me, this is a simple metaphor; the universe is like an
immense mansion or temple, and the Creator of the universe is compared to
the builder. Nothing secret or disrespectful about that! But in 1986, a
Canadian religious magazine called The Presbyterian Record published an
attack on Freemasonry, saying that the Great Architect of the Universe was
the name of the false god "that the Masons worship at their altar." And
eight years ago, Dr. James Larry Holly, the man who orchestrated the
Southern Baptist Convention campaign against the Masons, said that to call
God a "Great Architect" is derogatory to the True God's creative
omnipotence. An architect only puts together from the materials already at
hand. God creates from nothing." Actually a bit of research discloses that
the term "Great Architect" was introduced into Freemasonry in 1723 by a
Presbyterian Minister, Rev. James Anderson, and that he got it from the
works of John Calvin, one of the founders of Presbyterianism. The modern
dogmatists are attacking an expression that was used by one of the great
theologians of all time!
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