Wednesday, April 30, 2014

God or Geometry?

    As though borrowing a page from a Dan Brown novel, science and the hidden philosophies continue to court one another along mercurial, half-illuminated, paths of mystery. At the heart of Freemasonry lie the deepest and most profound allusions to ultimate truth and revelation; Euclid, Pythagoras, and the mystery of geometry as a revelation of God in the so called machine of the Cosmos. Indeed, Physicists are utilizing geometric formulations to advance their understanding of that very 'machine.' Is God peering back in the form of the 'Amplituhedron?'

     There are a myriad of secrets embedded and developed over centuries in the many varied symbols of Craft Freemasonry. Unlocking those secrets requires, perhaps, a kind of alchemy of sorts. Great philosophical leaps often require the right tools to reveal them, or the right time for them to be revealed. Such is the vehicle of the Mysteries that they preserve those truths in cryptic symbolic anagrams of themselves, veiled over the centuries like the virtues of Isis. And is Isis not nature at least; or as well? Brown's Langdon, a professor of symbology, would doubtless know the meaning of the symbols. But, in the end, it may require hard physics to uncover their natural truths. 

     At the heart of the Masonic Square and Compass, in many modern renditions of it at least, one will find the familiar 'G'. Masons, as men of varied faiths and beliefs, may debate the true meaning of the letter. Some will find God there. Others will see only Geometry. Are they really so different? How is the 'image of man', when measured and reckoned, any different ... or any less? So too how is the Mystery diminished as it unfolds before the searching eyes of the sciences? The philosophy must remain somewhere between them both. 

     Does the heart of the cosmos beat to a mathematical precision? We believers of any sort should surely hope so. That in the eye of the void might be a shape, or an archetype of universal perfection can only offer solace that the night sky is truth, and between the stars or the atoms may be found the very Grail of the faiths of science and so too religion. 


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