The Temple was seen as a metaphysical representation of God’s cosmos
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(The) Newtonian god exercises dominion, but his system gives us no warrant for believing that men can know him ethically through written revelation. We can only know him metaphysically and indirectly through his creation. We know him only through his manifestation physically and mathematically. Geometry was seen as the common language among educated men. “If God was to be discerned in the creation at all,” write Baigent and Leigh, “it was not in the multiplicity of forms, but in the unifying principles running through those forms and underlying them. In other words, God was to be discerned in the principles of shape – determined ultimately by the degrees in an angle – and by number. It was through shape and number, not by representation of diverse forms, that God’s glory was held to be manifest. And it was in edifices based on shape and number, rather than on representational embellishment, that the divine presence was to be housed.” This is one reason why Newton was so fascinated with the dimensions of the Temple built by Solomon. The Temple was seen as a metaphysical representation of God’s cosmos, not as the place where the tablets of the law of God resided in the Ark of the Covenant, and where His glory cloud resided. The Temple was seen more as a talisman than as a place of ethical worship.
 Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, The Temple and the Lodge (London: Jonathan
Cape, 1989), p. 132.
 Frank E. Manuel, Isaac Newton Historian (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard Uni- versity Press, 1963), plate facing page 148.
 Christiansen, In the Presence of the Creator, p. 257.
 "The Theological Origins of the U.S. Constitution" By: Gary North.
Metaphysical Architecture, Newtonian god, God’s glory, divine presence, Solomon's Temple, God’s cosmos, law of God, ark of the Covenant, glory cloud
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