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Architecture & language

Foremost among any analogies would be the concept of God the Creator as the great architect. When we speak of someone being the great architect of a movement, for instance, we are reversing the analogy and attributing God-like qualities of creation to that person. The architect is seen in everyday discourse as the creator of something significant from virtually nothing. We do not make such comparisons with a cook although arguably the provider of food deals with the most basic human demand. The distinction may be due to the higher levels of thought we ascribe to the creation of architecture; also to its greater permanence.