Spinoza is a Masonic Lodge in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It is an affiliate the Grand Orient USA fraternal network of Masonic Lodges .
We are dedicated to the betterment of humanity through the preservation of both individual and human rights, constitutional democracy, and the natural environment.
We are an Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite lodge that meets together to discuss and find solutions to many of the issues facing our society today.
Our cause is the intellectual, spiritual and social advancement of humanity. To accomplish these aims we have established the following guiding principles for Freemasonry:
We believe in the freedom of conscience of all people, and that it is an essential component of liberty, equality and fraternity.
We believe in and support the separation of religion and government, and promote religious and spiritual tolerance among all people.
We believe in and support the freedom of the press as a necessary component of maintaining the inalienable rights of all human beings, and that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
We believe in and support the need for higher education and life-long learning.
We believe in and support an impartial judiciary system as essential to guaranteeing the preservation of human rights.
We believe in and support the arts and sciences as essential elements in the progress and evolution of humanity.
We believe in and support efforts that work towards global environmental and ecological sustainability as essential to the survival of the human species.
The members of the Masonic fraternity were, and must remain, at the forefront of the Enlightenment. They have continued their pursuit of knowledge and understanding down to the present day. Our interests range from the latest theories in Quantum Mechanics to social and economic development in third world nations.
Spinoza Lodge offers the original Freemasonry (Free-Masonry) that was practiced in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries by the founding fathers of the United States. This time period marked the beginning of the Age of Enlightenment, ushering in a period where science and reason began to overcome superstition and fear. Early Freemasons were intimately involved with this intellectual movement and the Freemasonry that evolved from it was one of the building blocks of modern democracies. Spinoza Lodge offers a return to the intellectual and scientific roots of the original Freemasonry.