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Saturday, October 6, 2007

The Complete Idiot Guide To Freemasonry

The Complete Idiot Guide To Freemasonry Cover

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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