May 21

Can you be a freemason if you are… an atheist?

Yes. We do not discriminate on any irrelevant grounds.

The reference to the “Great Architect of the Universe” (formerly the “Supreme Being” found in the French Constitution) does not necessitate the belief in a personal deity or in any deity. It does not contradict such as belief either, but it does not imply it.

The “Great Architect of the Universe” can of course be understood to be the god(s) of any religion our members may adhere to. But it can also be “science” or “human consciousnesses”, etc..

For Freemasons, the concept of “Great Architect of the Universe” is an organizing principle rather than a dogmatic belief. Freemasonry does not offer dogmas.

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