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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Masonry And Antimasonry

Masonry And Antimasonry Cover Masons conspicuously avoid using their rituals to defend the Lodge against Christian opposition. This is because the rituals' teachings concerning God, salvation by works alone, resurrection and eternal life in the celestial lodge above are indefensible from a Christian Perspective. The Mason's avoidance of using Masonic ritual to defend his craft becomes evident very quickly when one views the many Masonic web sites that have been created by Masons to defend Freemasonry. Moreover, of the many hundreds of books written about Freemasonry, there is not a single book that provides a Christian defense of the Lodge by addressing the errors of indifferentism, syncretism and immoral oaths.

Instead, the Masonic apologist generally uses an “ad hominem” argument to defend the Lodge. An ad hominem argument is an argument that attacks an opponent's character rather than answering his contentions. Because most of the Information about Freemasonry comes from men who have left the lodge, Masons avoid addressing the rituals and instead focus entirely on attacking the former Mason's credibility and character.

As Christians, we do not judge individual Masons or attack their character. In fact, most Masons are good and virtuous men. Instead, we judge the teachings of Masonic ritual in light of the teachings of Jesus Christ and His Church. We hope that Christian Masons will open up to us by using their Masonic rituals to explain and defend the teachings of the Lodge in the light of Christian faith.

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Saturday, October 13, 2007

The Freemasons In America Inside The Secret Society

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Book: The Freemasons In America Inside The Secret Society by Paul Jeffers

Jeffers' follow-up to his 2005 historical overview Freemasons takes a look at famous Masons in America, a list that includes 14 presidents, from Washington to Ford, as well as Benjamin Franklin, Davy Crockett and Neil Armstrong. Instead of exploring the influence that the secret society may have had on men like these, however, Jeffers contents himself to recording Mason-related historical anecdotes. The most interesting take place during the Civil War, such as the story of a dying Confederate Mason assisted by a Union brother at Gettysburg after "exhibiting the Masonic sign of distress." Despite the alluring subtitle, however, there is very little here that goes "inside" the society: no secrets are revealed, though Jeffers does briefly explore the possible influence of the society on the men who drafted the Consitution, designed U.S. currency and laid out Washington, D.C. Although Jeffers avows that he is not a Mason, an undercurrent of tacit approval for the Society further betrays the promise of the title. Though it may appeal to Freemasons and their supporters, it may be off-putting to the general reader that Jeffers doesn't offer a more reasoned, skeptical or revealing take.

Step inside the secret world of the Masons and discover:

- How such pivotal American documents as the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights reflect Masonic principles and influence.
- How Freemasons became the world's oldest and largest fraternal organization.
- If Freemasons rule the world--or want to.
- Why Masonic Symbolism appears on American currency.
- Why the opposition groups, from conspiracists to the Catholic Church, fear Freemasons.
- Why Texas has been called "the Masonic Republic."
- How to recognize Masonic rings, pins, and other symbols.

From George Washington to Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, the Freemasons have influenced the United States in many surprising ways. With nearly half the world's six million Freemasons--some twenty-five U.S. presidents and thirty-five Supreme Court justices among them--America has felt the group's impact more deeply and broadly than any other country. Using historical anecdotes and incisive analysis, this timely and insightful portrait separates the myths surrounding Freemasonry from the facts, offering a unique insider's view into what American Freemasonry was, is, and will be tomorrow.

H. Paul Jeffers has published more than 50 works of fiction and nonfiction, including Freemasons: Inside the World's Oldest Secret Society, biographies of presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Grover Cleveland, New York mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, Diamond Jim Brady, and others. He lives in Manhattan.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Morals And Dogma

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Book: Morals And Dogma by Albert Pike

The Teachings of these Readings are not sacramental, so far as they go beyond the realm of Morality into those of other domains of Thought and Truth. The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite uses the word Dogma in its true sense, of doctrine, or teaching; and is not dogmatic in the odious sense of that term. Everyone is entirely free to reject and dissent from whatsoever herein may seem to him to be untrue or unsound. It is only required of him that he shall weigh what is taught, and give it fair hearing and unprejudiced judgment. Of course, the ancient Theosophic and philosophic speculations are not embodied as part of the doctrines of the Rite; but because it is of interest and profit to know what the Ancient Intellect thought upon these subjects, and because nothing so conclusively proves the radical difference between our human and the animal nature, as the capacity of the human mind to entertain such speculations in regard to itself and the Deity. Contents: Apprentice; Fellow-craft; Master; Secret Master; Perfect Master; Intimate Secretary; Provost and Judge; Intendant of the Building; Elu of the Nine; Elu of the Fifteen; Elu of the Twelve; Master Architect; Royal Arch of Solomon; Perfect Elu; Knight of the East; Prince of Jerusalem; Knight of the East and West; Knight Rose Croix; pontiff; Master of the Symbolic Lodge; Noachite or Prussian Knight; Knight of the Royal Axe or Prince of Liabanus; Chief of the Tabernacle; Prince of the Tabernacle; Knight of the Brazen Serpent; Prince of Mercy; Knight Commander of the Temple; Knight of the Sun or Prince Adept; Scottish Knight of St. Andrew; Knight Kadosh; Inspector Inquisitor; Master of the Royal Secret. If you read only one book on Freemasonry, this is it!

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Saturday, October 6, 2007

The Complete Idiot Guide To Freemasonry

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Book: The Complete Idiot Guide To Freemasonry by Brent Morris

What is the truth about the Masons suggested in Dan Brown-s The Da Vinci Code? Can Freemasonry really be dated back as far as Babylon? Did they really coordinate the Boston Tea Party and the American Revolution? What really goes on at a Mason lodge during an initiation? Here is the real story behind the secret society that now boasts nearly five million members (and has included such illustrious fellows as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin), as revealed by a Master Mason.

* Offers a highly illustrated field guide to Masonic jewelry and symbols
* Includes further reading, a glossary, a list of famous Freemasons and information on Freemasonry in popular culture
* Morris is a Master Mason

Like most of the books in the `Complete Idiot's Guide' series, Dr. S. Brent Morris,' "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Freemasonry" gives a well-written overview and Introduction to its topic: the history and practice of Freemasonry.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Freemasonry is well-written and easy to read, being easily read from cover to cover within a single day. While one may certainly choose to read the book from cover to cover (I did), it is also a book that serves as a useful reference of Masonic facts and trivia, history and practice.

Dr. Morris explains the Symbolic, Blue or Craft Lodges covering the first three degrees of Freemasonry. And gives us a look into the associated bodies such as the Royal Arch Masons, Cryptic Masons, and Commanderies of Knights Templar within the York Rite, and 4th through 33rd Degrees of the Scottish Rite. We also learn of women and Freemasonry, with such associated groups as The Order of the Eastern Star and the Order of Amaranth. And mention is given to co-masonry and the Order of Women Freemasons.

We learn of the research lodges and societies, such as the: Quatuor Coronati Lodge, the National Masonic Research Society, and the Philalethes Society. And we learn of other Masonic Groups such as the Royal Order of Scotland, the Masonic Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis, and National Sojourners.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Freemasonry also has fun and interesting bits of trivia and Masonic facts that give one a bit more insight into different parts of the Craft. For example what's the connection between Freemasons and Rolling Rock Beer (find out on page 188 - 189).

The author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Freemasonry, Dr. S. Brent Morris, is the managing editor of the `Scottish Rite Journal', a 33-degree Mason, and on the graduate faculty at George Washington University. Eminently well qualified to write this book, Dr. Morris has given us a book that makes a worthy addition to any Freemason's library, as well as a fine Introduction to the Craft for any good man who seeks some additional Understanding of the rites of Freemasonry when considering making a petition for acceptance into his local Masonic Lodge.

S. Brent Morris, Ph.D., 33°, is managing editor of the largest-circulation Masonic magazine in the world, the Scottish Rite Journal of the Supreme Council, 33°, S.J. A former mathematician with the federal government, he’s been invited to lecture at over 100 universities, has taught at Duke and Johns Hopkins Universities, and is currently on the graduate faculty at George Washington University.

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