The Meaning of Masonry

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Did you know that George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Paul Revere were Masons? So were Goethe, Mozart, Voltaire, and Garabaldi. In fact, some of the world's most influential men have been members of this worldwide fraternal organization.

Freemasonry has perplexed outsiders throughout the ages. The Order's arcane symbols and mystical doctrines have seemed impenetrable at times. In The Meaning of Masonry, W. L. Wilmshurst (1867-1939), himself a member of the Order in ...

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Did you know that George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Paul Revere were Masons? So were Goethe, Mozart, Voltaire, and Garabaldi. In fact, some of the world's most influential men have been members of this worldwide fraternal organization.

Freemasonry has perplexed outsiders throughout the ages. The Order's arcane symbols and mystical doctrines have seemed impenetrable at times. In The Meaning of Masonry, W. L. Wilmshurst (1867-1939), himself a member of the Order in Britain, explains in layman's terms and without soapbox arguments - the history of Freemasonry. The book's five chapters were originally written as papers intended for the eyes of Masonic Order members only - and indication that insiders as well as outsiders have been in need of at least some clarification of the theories and practices of the organization.

The author readily admits that the Masonic Order is a "semi-secret, semi-public institution." In spite of this, "its doors are open to all" - any applicant of "good character and repute." Most often, he writes, initiates entering the Order are in search of answers to the same fundamental questions posed by religion and philosophy: What am I? Who am I? Where am I going? Wilmshurst goes on to explain that the answers to the mysteries or secrets that one often hears about in connection with Masonry are not totally elusive. The Masonic Order's rituals are intended to illuminate the mystical path to spirituality - to facilitate the disclosure of these secrets to all participants as they move from one degree or stage of enlightenment to the next. The author convincingly demonstrates that Masonry awakens the participants, into a "quality of life previously unexperienced."

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  • ISBN-13: 9781494868147
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 1/2/2014
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 743,054
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

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  • Posted January 27, 2009

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    Complete, but difficult read.

    This book is great for anyone looking to know more about Freemasonry and it's beginnings. However, as this book is quite old the writing is very tough to read unless you have a stellar vocabulary and a good understanding of 19th century English. I would recommend this book to any Freemason or one who just wishes to research but I would also advise one to look into one of several similar books that are more modern and much easier to read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2014

    Highly recommended for the new Master mason seeking further light

    Highly recommended for the new master mason seeking further light in masonry. This book is written in an easy to read style by a very very competent brother of the craft. A great starter book for he basic outlines of craft symbolism.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2007

    opening the dusty door of masonary

    a nice, succinct read on the workings of masonary. some snipits of history, but mostly ritual based descrpitions. a good, general read that has a warm feel. it's not too long either

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2004

    Great for the Non-Masons too

    although this book was written for the Masonic members, its great for the non-masons too. it concentrates into the philosophical side of the Free-Mason. if you want to know the history of free-masons, this book isn't for you. but if you want to know the inner-meaning, spirituality of the masonic society...its a great book to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2001

    The Understanding of Masonry

    W.L.Wilmshurst has researched Masonry the way it should be.Anyone who wants to read a book that helps explain Masonry the way it should READ this.To any of the Brothers who want to learn more about our Craft this is a good book to start with.There is not long drawn out explaining done here. It's all put to where it can be easily understood.I found this book very good reading to help on the path of Light. Saints John Lodge#507 Meridian MS

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