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Fascinated by Freemasons? Freemasons For Dummies is the internationally best-selling introduction to the Masons, the oldest and largest "secret society" in the world. This balanced, eye-opening guide demystifies Freemasonry, explaining everything from its elaborate rituals and cryptic rites, to its curious symbols and their meanings. Find out what goes on in a Masonic meeting. You'll understand the true purposes of Masonic "secrecy" and philosophy, meet famous Masons throughout history, and discover related ...

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Fascinated by Freemasons? Freemasons For Dummies is the internationally best-selling introduction to the Masons, the oldest and largest "secret society" in the world. This balanced, eye-opening guide demystifies Freemasonry, explaining everything from its elaborate rituals and cryptic rites, to its curious symbols and their meanings. Find out what goes on in a Masonic meeting. You'll understand the true purposes of Masonic "secrecy" and philosophy, meet famous Masons throughout history, and discover related organizations like the Knights Templar, the Scottish Rite, Order of the Eastern Star, and the Shriners. Explore the controversies and conspiracy theories that swirl around this organization at the center of Dan Brown's novel The Lost Symbol, and discover the changes coming to the Craft.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764597961
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/26/2005
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Hodapp is a Freemason and the editor of the Journal of the Masonic Society. He is the author of Solomon's Builders: Freemasons, Founding Fathers and the Secrets of Washington D.C. He has written for numerous other publications, and has appeared on the History Channel. He is the co-author with Alice VonKannon of The Templar Code For Dummies and Conspiracy Theories and Secret Societies For Dummies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: What Is Freemasonry?

Chapter 1: Lodges, Aprons, and Funny Handshakes: Freemasonry 101.

Chapter 2: From Quarries to Lodge Rooms: A History of the Freemasons.

Chapter 3: The Philosophy of Freemasonry.

Chapter 4: Politics, Religion, and Freemasons: They Don’t Mix.

Part II: The Mechanics of Freemasonry: How It Works.

Chapter 5: How the Freemasons Are Organized: Who Does What and Why.

Chapter 6: The Ceremonies of Freemasons.

Chapter 7: The Symbols of Freemasonry.

Chapter 8: Myths and Misconceptions about Masons.

Part III: Knights, Swords, Fezzes, and Dresses: The Appendant Bodies.

Chapter 9: Introducing the Appendant Bodies: Who’s Who, and Who Isn’t.

Chapter 10: The York Rite.

Chapter 11: The Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite.

Chapter 12: The Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.

Chapter 13: The Extended Masonic Family.

Part IV: Freemasonry Today and Tomorrow.

Chapter 14: So Is It Still Relevant?

Chapter 15: Freemasons and the Future.

Chapter 16: So You Want to Become a Freemason.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 17: Ten Groups of Famous Masons.

Chapter 18: Ten Amazing Conspiracies, Anti-Masons, and Hoaxes.

Chapter 19: Ten Cool Masonic Places.

Part VI: Appendixes.

Appendix A: The Regius Manuscript.

Appendix B: Anderson’s Constitutions.

Appendix C: Finding a Lodge.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2008

    A Great Resource for any men interested in Masonry

    After I was intitiated into my Blue Lodge and started working towards becoming a Master Mason, many of the brothers suggested this book would be a helpful resource. It has been a great help to understanding the lessons and ceremonies I've participated in. It has also been a great resource for me to explain the history of Freemasonry to my wife when she asks questions. The stories and explanations are written in a fun and easy to remember fashion.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2008

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    Excellent Reference

    I found Freemasons for Dummies to be an excellent resource for both individuals familiar with Freemasonry and those who are not. The author passes along a great deal of knowledge in the book, while in keeping with a humorous tone which makes for an entertaining read. The only drawback I found is that the layout of the book is a bit dull, in keeping with the typical black and white ¿Dummies¿ book theme. Those interested in the subject should check out American Freemasonry by Mark Tabbert which is not meant to replace this book but rather serve as a companion - although that book sets the standard for the ideal mix of illustrative layout and text.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2008

    I highly recommend this book!

    Whether you are interested in joining a Masonic Lodge, or just want to get the skinny of what being a Freemason is all about, I think that this book is a great resource. I bought this book right after I petitioned to join my local lodge, and it really gave me a good heads up on what kind of group I was joining. The format of the book goes from very basic to pretty in-depth, and is written by a very experienced and thoughtful member.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2012

    Informative

    Good reference book.

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  • Posted June 22, 2009

    not a dummy anymore

    I'm still reading this book but, I have learned quite a bit and find the Masons very interesting.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2006

    Great Overview

    I read this book shortly after I petitioned my local lodge for membership. This book helped me understand the structure of freemasonry without makeing me feel like I was 'cheating' my own initiation experience. The sections on freemason myths and conspiracy were also very entertaining to read!

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  • Posted January 10, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    This is a great book for the Mason and non-Mason. Mainly, it clears up all the confusion with the controversies of the fraternity. APM

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