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Is masonry a religion?

Theodore Graebner

Is masonry a religion?

an analysis of Freemasonry

by Theodore Graebner

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Published by Concordia Publishing House in St. Louis .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Freemasons.,
  • Secret societies.

  • Edition Notes

    Bibliography: p. 77-79.

    Statementby Theodore Graebner.
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsHS425 .G68
    The Physical Object
    Pagination79 p. ;
    Number of Pages79
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL6518173M
    LC Control Number47020725
    OCLC/WorldCa2803610

      Is Freemasonry a religion? and the names of senior officers of the brotherhood in England and Wales can be found in a masonic year book. The grand master is the Duke of Kent. Prince Philip. (The title Is Freemasonry A Religion? is from a chapter title in the book.) A Pilgrim's Path, by John J. Robinson, was published in by M. Evans & Co., Inc. in New York City. The book is available in many bookstores or can be ordered through your local bookstore using ISBN X. -Editor.

    Pike, in his book Morals and Dogma, says this about religion and Freemasonry: “Every Masonic Lodge is a temple of religion; and its teachings are instruction in religion.”(10) According to the modern day interpreters of Masonry, it has now taken its logical place as the unifier of all religions. One such interpreter, Foster Bailey, an.   In fact, any standard dictionary or encyclopedia definition of religion proves beyond doubt that Masonry is a religion. 43 Dr. Shildes Johnson is only one of many scholars of comparative religion who have concluded: “A comparison of the moral, allegorical, and symbolic teachings of Freemasonry with these definitions of a religion reveals that.

    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. Meetings open with prayer, and a Mason is taught, as one of the first lessons of Masonry, that one should pray for divine counsel and guidance before starting an important undertaking. But that does not make Masonry a "religion." Sometimes people confuse Masonry with a religion because we call some Masonic buildings "temples.".


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Is masonry a religion? by Theodore Graebner Download PDF EPUB FB2

Freemasonry Supports Religion. Freemasonry is far from indifferent toward religion. Without interfering in religious practice, it expects each member to follow his own faith and to place his Duty to God above all other duties.

Its moral teachings are acceptable to all religions. Prepared by the Masonic Information Center (12/93). 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.

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.

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.

Many good Catholic men have been deceived into becoming Masons. In this powerful little book, a Catholic attorney and former 32nd degree Mason, John Salza, clearly shows why joining Masonry (including the Shriners) means embracing a false religion/5(37). 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.

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. 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.

Frank C. Higgins, a high Mason, wrote in Ancient Free Masonry p. 10), It is true that freemasonry is the parent of all religion.

These Masonic witnesses all agree that Masonry is a religion. It is necessary now to ascertain whether Masonry is a true or false religion. 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.

"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 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 man's life. Harris reportedly thought the Book of Mormon was anti-Masonic in character, as did some early critics of the book.

See “Antimasonic Religion,” Geauga Gazette (Painesville, OH), Mar. 15, ; Alexander Campbell, Delusions: An Analysis of the Book of Mormon with an Examination of Its Internal and External Evidences, and a Refutation of Its. Freemasonry is not a religion per se, but agnostics or atheists cannot belong, said Brent Morris, a Masonic historian, editor of the Scottish Rite Journal, and a 33rd degree Freemason.

"This is an. It’s a question that creates a question: "How in the world did anyone come to believe that Masonry is a religion?" When I ask that, I am usually told by the callers that they heard the charge on an evangelist’s broadcast, or read in an anti-Masonic tract or book.

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. In much the same way, Masons believe in the importance of religion. Masonry encourages every Mason to be active in the religion and church of his own choice. Masonry teaches that, without religion, a man is alone and lost, and that without religion, he can never reach his full potential.

The Masonic moral lessons are intended to be broader than a specific religion. It is abundantly clear to me Masonry is not a religion. It incorporates the values and morals common to our major religions, but is not of itself a religion. Masonry would not exist without religion, and religion should recognize that it has an ally in Masonry.

The Nature of Masonry: Fraternal Order or Religion. Masonry is a fraternal, social, and service organization. But it is more. It is also a religious organization. The Masons nearly always deny this in their public statements, but their official literature and their actions make it clear that Masonry is a religion.

The Judeo-Masonic conspiracy is an antisemitic and antimasonic conspiracy theory involving an alleged secret coalition of Jews and theories were popular on the far-right, particularly in France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Russia, and Eastern Europe, with similar allegations still being published.Masonry & Religion Conscience and the Craft - Questions on Religion and Freemasonry by Jim Tresner, Ph.D., 33rd degree.

Freemasonry's teachings are acceptable to all religions -- upholding the values of faith in the secular world -- an organization for thoughtful Christians -- .Once again let me restate Masonry is not a religion.

Masonry leaves the salvation, nourishment and guidance of one’s soul to the religion the religion a mason professes. When a Free Mason speaks of light he is not talking about spiritual light but .