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Discussion in 'The Voting Booth' started by Blake Bowden, Nov 29, 2008.

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What does the letter "G" stand for?

  1. God

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    65.5%
  2. Geomtery

    18 vote(s)
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  3. I dunno, but it looks nice

    2 vote(s)
    3.4%
  1. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    What does the letter "G" stand for? I've heard a couple of explanations, but whats your take?
     
  2. jonesvilletexas

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    If you go to the FC Lecture it stands for both, but I put more on importance on God.
    Brother Jerry
     
  3. rhitland

    rhitland Founding Member Premium Member

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    well I am not sure if God's name starts with a G but it no dought stands for God to me because we need God @ the center to even allow us to square our actions and circumscribe our desires otherwise we are just kidding ourselves. Our knowledge as human, could not have been obtained without the discovery of the divine laws of geometry it is the as the lecrture says the foundation of architechture and the root of mathematics. Geometry is the cornerstone of all knowledge!
     
  4. Wingnut

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  5. rhitland

    rhitland Founding Member Premium Member

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    Wing your not gonna let some name calling run you off are you, running is good but not off. We would accept you as you are at 148 even if you are full of radical ideas. You fit in perfectly actualy here probally a long drive but do not leave Blkue Lodge she needs men like you and all of us more than ever. Write your lodge a letter about how you feel and then find a better one there are some awesome lodges out there just as there are some sick ones. We need though Wing.
     
  6. Texas_Justice85

    Texas_Justice85 Registered User

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  7. cmoreno85tx

    cmoreno85tx Registered User

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    I also voted God, but I tell people who ask that Its for God, Geometry, or Grand Architect of the Universe. Sometimes funny to watch people squirm and make faces after you mention the last one.:D
     
  8. Wingnut

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    thanks brother but I was more referring to What my wife says it stands for since Im never home. Between committee meetings, training my candidates/new brothers, Scottish Rite, Shrine, Degrees, floor school etc etc.

    as to the other things... not that long ago masonic charges would have been referred for some of the language and comments made...
     
  9. Joey

    Joey Co-Founder Staff Member

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    I have always been told it stands for God and Geometry.
     
  10. Texas_Justice85

    Texas_Justice85 Registered User

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    or the Grand Geometrist
     
  11. Texas_Justice85

    Texas_Justice85 Registered User

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    at first I thought it was because our WM was named George
     
  12. nick1368

    nick1368 Registered User

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    LOL....I thought my wife was the only one that said that! She thought is was funny that someone else's wife out there says it stand for "gone" as well.
     
  13. js4253

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    My wife says G stands for Gone all the time.
     
  14. RedTemplar

    RedTemplar Johnny Joe Combs Premium Member

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    To me it is God. We are also taught that Geometry and Masonry were once synonymous terms.
     
  15. JohnnyFlotsam

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    It most certainly does stand for both, and for anyone who looks, geometry, evidence of the Great Architect's hand, is everywhere in the universe.
     
  16. Botex

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    It is well agreed upon that the G stands for both God and Geometry, at least when used in English and German-speaking countries. Perhaps the more profound question would be, "What does the G stand for when it is applied in places where the local tongue prevents it from abbreviating God or Geometry?"

    Mackey provides the most extensive writing on this subject (http://www.phoenixmasonry.org/mackeys_encyclopedia/g.htm). Ultimately, he concludes that G is a symbol of a symbol for God, as well as a symbol for Geometry (Gematria/גאומטריה).
     
  17. JohnnyFlotsam

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    Wondered that myself, as I've stood in the East and delivered "the G lecture". What would I point to in a Lodge in a jurisdiction that didn't feature that letter in within the S&C's? What about those Brethren in any given Lodge who ascribe a different name to the GAOTU? Just another one of those things that could probably do with a little "linguistic overhaul". I don't mean to suggest that we should not continue to focus on the reference to deity. Indeed, the relationship between the two is central to the lesson, but it just seems a little inconsiderate to assume that everybody spells it that way.
     
  18. blackbeard

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    it stands for both, but, geometry is the most important of these....imho. through geometry we see the great architect's work in everything on the planet.
     
  19. Benton

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    If you peruse the websites of non English speaking Grand Lodges, I think you'll find some foreign Grand Lodges don't have the G in the center of the S&Cs.

    http://www.megalistoatiskyprou.org/ Uses a Gamma from the Greek alphabet.

    http://www.freemasonry.cz/index.php?str=euv Nothing in the center.

    http://www.glnf.asso.fr/ Also nothing in the center.

    http://www.freimaurer.org/ Germany, also nothing in the center.

    http://www.vrijmetselarij.nl/ Netherlands, also nothing in the center.

    That's just from my super scientific five minute google search of recognized Grand Lodges in the world. I think that most jurisdictions have adapted the S&C to fit the culture of those in their domain. Since the GLoT is primarily English speaking, I don't think there's really any problem with us using the G, just like Cyprus using the Gamma is logical. I've also seen the all seeing eye in the center as well, as an alternative to any letter or blank space.
     
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2010
  20. Frater Cliff Porter

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    God, Geometry, and Gnosis...
     

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