The 'regular progression of science from a point to a line, from a line to a superficies (plane), from a superficies to a solid' is the way in which Freemasonry explains the process by which the Deity brings the four levels of existence into being. It is a neo-platonic device which can be traced through literature of the Renaissance, via medieval Spain, to Alexandria. From this geometrical perspective the process starts with a point; the point moves, and in doing so generates a line; the line moves, in a direction not parallel to itself, and generates a plane (superficies); the plane, moving in a similar way, generates a solid.

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