posted on Nov, 13 2004 @ 02:26 PM
Originally posted by the sword of esus
can some one tell me who the great architect is?
Is that really necessary? It seems to me to be easily inferred.
If you're wondering why Masons use the term, that's a completely different question. The term "Great Architect of the Universe" was coined by
Reformation theologian John Calvin, who used it several times to refer to God in his book "Institutes of the Christian Religion". Other Calvinist
churchmen soon afterward took up the term.
It was first introduced in Freemasonry in 1724, when the Rev. James Anderson, Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of England, published the
Fraternity's constitutions, along with his personal commentaries. Brother Anderson was a Calvinistic Presbyterian minister, and had first heard the
phrase "Great Architect of the Universe" used when studying the Reformation in seminary. The appeal of this term to Masons is quite obvious, i.e.,
it describes God in His role as Master Builder.