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The Meaning of Masonry For than two centuries, The Spirit of Masonry has been the essential source for anyone exploring the inner mysteries of the Masonic Fraternity When it first appeared in , it was hailed as the first work to deal with the religion, purpose, and the deeper significance of Freemasonry and its popularity among Masonic scholars has never decreased In thsi fascinating book, author William Hutchinson has discussed several subjects including the orders of Freemasonry, the rites, ceremonies and institutions of the ancients, the nature and furniture of the lodge, the apparel, jewels, and occupations of Masons, the temple of Jerusalem, as well as the secrecy of Masons, charity, and brotherly love This is the classic study in the history and philosophy of Freemasonry, the oldest fraternal order in the world

10 thoughts on “The Meaning of Masonry

  1. Jesse Slater Jesse Slater says:

    I ve often heard this book recommended for those looking for a deeper meaning to the symbols and allegories of the degrees Regrettably, I m leaving it feeling disappointed.Much like another recent read, MacNulty s The Way of the Craftsman, how much one enjoys this book will depend heavily on whether the author s personal interpreta

  2. Jeevan Anandaskaran Jeevan Anandaskaran says:

    This book is the eye opening book about masonry you have been looking for, While not a mason myself this book in my research answered so many questions and put many historical timelines into context This book is a lesson in self reflection that brings meaning to what has become wrote ritual I understandthe reason for secrecy but als

  3. Sherrill Watson Sherrill Watson says:

    The edition of this book that I got from the Sun City library had a different cover, with different symbols of Masonry ORIGONALLY PUBLISHED IN 1922 Mr W.L Wilmshurst is a dyed in the wool pun intended Enghlishman who writes from his unshaken belief in Masonry Taking that into consideration what about Islam Confucianism Buddhism he ar

  4. Rob Rob says:

    Like many classic works of Masonic literature, this book can take a while to wade through Lack of paragraphs, arcane language, and run on sentences pose quite the challenge to the reader If you stick with it and plow through, this is a very interesting explanation of the whys and hows of Masonry.

  5. Roger Wadleigh Roger Wadleigh says:

    While on the one hand it explains that Masonry is about perfecting the individual and creating someone better It doesn t really go into how that s done I guess that s some of the mysteries of Masonry.

  6. Fredrick Danysh Fredrick Danysh says:

    Masons are a secret society that takes on the aspects of a religion The author promotes the role of masonry as a dedication to science To be a true Mason one has to forsake one s religious beliefs Some of the basic tenants are explained.

  7. Mike Day Mike Day says:

    I really liked this book I will write adetailed review later, but wow

  8. Frederick Cheeseborough III Frederick Cheeseborough III says:

    Mandatory reading for every lodge officerI have always believed that the majority of my masonic education would not come from my time spent in lodge but from readings and lectures such as this book which so eloquently expound upon the seamingly menial tasks performed in lodge As the sitting Junior Warden in Federal Lodge 1 under the Grand

  9. Terry Simmons-albertson Terry Simmons-albertson says:

    Written by a Freemason Gives his point of view of the organization and its goals I have read other books on Freemasonry that address the negative aspects of its practices Good to read if you want to understand their perspective.

  10. ray calhoun ray calhoun says:

    ThoughtsSome can be very thought provokingsome do not agree.but willing to listen and contemplate other ideas.religious., masonic., thought provoking historic philosophy

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