But let’s leave the atheists and agnostics to their respective thinking.
Sometimes called “kruwah” by the religious, it is also alternately called spirit or soul of man.
The German Martin Luther established Protestantism in Europe and the monarchs of England and Scotland as heads of state (and religion) formed their own so that when at last they made the conquest of North America and Canada, they brought with them their Protestant faith which is, in many respects, different from the faith nurtured by Saint Paul and the Roman Church.
But these religions no longer account for a sizable percentage of the total religions of the world.
The same holds true to Islam, what with the Sunnis, the Shiites and even the Zufis, it would be irrational to say these religions strictly adhere to exactly the same beliefs.
And what have these divergent religions of the world have in common with Freemasonry?! )Well, all religions (almost all, anyway because the lion’s readings say that there are variants of religions in India that do not believe in a particular God, like the Jains who do not have the concept of a creator, or the Hindus who believe in the multiplicity of deities the most prominent of whom are Brahma, Visnu and Ziva), believe in the Almighty, in the immortality of the soul, and in the brotherhood of man.
But after the death of the world’s greatest teacher, a tender branch sprouted and in less than three centuries grew to a size that relegated the adherents of Judaism to mediocrity.
Until finally, during the council of Nicea in AD 325, the congregation voted on the divinity of Jesus Christ.