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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Is Freemasonry Deist

Is Freemasonry Deist Cover No.

Deism is a belief in the existence of a god, without accepting revelation; it is also sometimes termed natural religion or the religion of nature. The father of English Deism, Lord Herbert of Cherbury (d. 1648), endeavoured to explain religion in terms of reason, evoking little or no controversy in his lifetime. John Locke only partly accepted his views: "...reason must be our last judge and guide in everything." (Essay 14, 9 & 14). John Tillotson, Archbishop of Canterbury 1691-94, championed the use of reason in religion, claiming "Natural religion is the Foundation of all revealed religion, and Revelation is designed simply to establish its duties. [Works, vol. ii. p. 336. 1857 ed.]
The first Book of Constitutions, written by the Rev. John Anderson (1679-1739), a Scottish Presbyterian Minister, refers to "...that Religion in which all Men agree... that is, to be good Men... by whatever Denominations or Persuasions they may be distinguish'd...." This has been accused of being deist but a review of Anderson’s other published works and private Correspondence demonstrates that he was a strong Trinitarian Christian and the promotion of deism was not his intention. [Ars Quatuor Coronatorum, vol. 80, pp. 36-57.]

Freemasonry does not deny revelation—Freemasonry simply does not define revelation. Freemasonry, not being a religion, does not consider itself qualified to put forward a definition of revelation.

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