|LC Classifications||HS425 .N4 1969|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||xiii, 160 p.|
|Number of Pages||160|
|LC Control Number||72007297|
This book was a breeze to read, and maybe a bit too simplistic for me. I think it would be good as an introduction to the kind of spiritual and moral ideas one finds in Freemasonry, and to some of the debates of whether or not it is a "religion", and what that might mean.3/5(1). The Masonic Religion This article explains why Freemasonry should be considered a religion in opposition to Catholicism. It is Chapter 5 of the book, Christianity and American Freemasonry. The Masonic Religion. by William A. Whalen. Masonry Encompasses All Elements of a Religion of Naturalism. The basic Christian objection to Freemasonry is that the Craft constitutes a religious sect in opposition to the revealed truths of the Gospel. High-ranking Mason George H. Steinmetz writes in his book Freemasonry: Its Hidden Meaning, “The order has at all times been careful to explain that Masonry is not a religion. It has denied the fact over and over again, and insisted that it was a lodge or brotherhood, and in no way did, nor was it intended to, take the place of the church in a.
Freemasonry contains many of the elements of a religion; its teachings enjoin morality, charity, and obedience to the law of the land. In most traditions, the applicant for admission is required to be an adult male, and all applicants must also believe in the existence of a Supreme Being and in the immortality of the soul. But that does not make Masonry a “religion.” Sometimes people confuse Masonry with a religion because we call some Masonic buildings “temples.” But we use the word in the same sense that Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes called the Supreme Court a “Temple of Justice” and because a Masonic lodge is a symbol of the Temple of Solomon. 4. "Frank C. Higgins, a high mason, wrote in ANCIENT FREE MASONRY (Pg), "It is true that Freemasonry is the parent of all religion." These Masonic witnesses all agree in their doctrine that masonry is, indeed, a religion. It is necessary now to ascertain whether masonry is a true religion or a false religion. The Bible is an important book, only as far as those members who claim to be Christians are concerned, just as the Koran is important to Muslims. The Bible is not considered to be the exclusive Word of God, nor is it considered to be God’s sole revelation of himself to humankind; but only one of many religious sourcebooks.
Albert Pike, in writing on the subject of Masonry's source-book said, "Masonry is a search after light. That search leads us directly back, as you see, to the Kabbalah." (Morals and Dogma, page ). The Kabbalah, then seems to be the actual sourcebook of Masonry and the Bible (as it is spoken of in the ritual) a piece of the furniture" of the. Masonry and Religion Introduction This book is meant to be a sequel to, and an amplification of, my previous volume, The Meaning of Masonry, first published in —a collection of papers issued diffidently and tentatively on the chance that they might interest some few members of the Craft in the deeper and philosophic aspect of Freemasonry. Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for The Religion of Masonry: An Interpretation by Joseph Fort Newton (, Hardcover) at the best online prices at eBay! Free shipping for many products! Anderson’s Constitutions were based on the Old Masonic Manuscripts (also called “Gothic Constitutions”) and on the General Regulations which had been compiled first by George Payne in The full title of the edition was The Constitutions of the Free-Masons, Containing the History, Charges, Regulations, &c. of that most Ancient.