Morals And Dogma Of The Ancient And Accepted Scottish Rite Of Freemasonry

Morals And Dogma Of The Ancient And Accepted Scottish Rite Of Freemasonry

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by Albert Pike
     
 

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2011 Reprint of 1906 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. Fully describes the first three degrees of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. Pike is best known for his major work, "Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry", originally published in 1871. "Morals and Dogma' was

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2011 Reprint of 1906 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. Fully describes the first three degrees of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. Pike is best known for his major work, "Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry", originally published in 1871. "Morals and Dogma' was traditionally given to the candidate upon his receipt of the 14th degree of the Scottish Rite. This practice was stopped in 1974. "Morals and Dogma" has not been given to candidates since 1974. A classic work on the subject.

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ISBN-13:
9781614270928
Publisher:
Martino Fine Books
Publication date:
06/22/2011
Pages:
118
Sales rank:
321,075
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.40(d)

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III. THE MASTER. To understand literally the symbols and allegories of Oriental books as to ante-historical matters, is willfully to close our eyes against the Light. To translate the symbols into the trivial and commonplace, is the blundering of mediocrity. All religious expression is symbolism; since we can describe only what we see, and the true objects of religion are The Seen. The earliest instruments of education were symbols; and they and all other religious forms differed and still differ according to external circumstances and imagery, and according to differences of knowledge and mental cultivation. All language is symbolic, so far as it is applied to mental and spiritual phenomena and action. All words have, primarily, a material sense, however they may afterward get, for the ignorant, a spiritual non-sense. "To retract," for example, is to draw back, and when applied to a statement, is symbolic, as much so as a picture of an arm drawn back, to express the same thing, would be. The very word "spirit" means "breath," from the Latin verb spiro, breathe. To present a visible symbol to the eye of another, is not necessarily to inform him of the meaning which that symbol has to you. Hence the philosopher soon superadded to the symbols explanations addressed to the ear, susceptible of more precision, but less effective and impressive than the painted or sculptured forms which he endeavored to explain. Out of these explanations grew by degrees a variety of narrations, whose true object and meaning were gradually forgotten, or lost in contradictions and incongruities. And when these were- abandoned, and Philosophy resorted to definitions and formulas, its language was but a morecomplicated symbolism, attempting in the dark to grapple with and picture ideas impossib...

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Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing piece of literature. Certainly a keystone for all of modern mankind. The precepts taught in this book, and those of Masonry, really help to give us a greater understanding of ourselves, of the universe, and the nature of God. To those who are Masons and have not read this grand work, I suggest you do so. Much like I pity those who call themselves 'Religious', but merely preach scorn and hatred, so too would I pity a Mason who does not fully understand the nature and philosophy of the Order to which they belong. To those who accuse the Masonic Lodge as being a breeding ground for evil and Baphomet worship, and who believe that Jack Chick tracts are the word of God, I propose that you also read this work, as it is the nature of the Masonic lodge. And as Sun Tzu once said, 'Know thy enemy'. You may be surprised what you learn about the Lodge, and about yourself and your own religion as well. And to those whom have yet to form a religion, or do not understand where their faith lies, I urge you to also read this book. It will help you to understand the nature of God, rather than the modern perversions and misinterpretations of many of the nobler religions. Albert Pike explains well the nature of God, the origin of the religions, and puts into perspective concepts of God which any man would be foolish to deny. To have faith in God does not mean one must have a religion... as religion is merely a system of doctrines to teach and explain God to man in a specific manner. God's nature transcends all notions of organized religion, and this book explains that concept well. Definitely a read that will benefit the lives of anyone who commits to it, be they religious or not. It is a jewel in the rough, and fie on anyone who would criticize Masonry without first looking within the pages of this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dear All: I must respond here to what I have seen in the reviews. Gen. and Brother Albert Pike's MORALS AND DOGMA, ETC., is one of the most magnificent books that I have ever read. In that Book is a Digest of the ideas of every Religion of Light, as well as the best introduction to the Holy Kabballah (there are various spellings for 'Kabballah') that I have ever been blessed to see. His Scholarship is unequaled today. I must say here that those who deride Freemasonry and curse the Scottish Rite, in my lowly opinion, simply (no animosity intended here) are unfortunately ignorant of what they are saying. Therefore I do believe that God forgives them. (I forgive also). Be that as it may, Pike's works are just a few of the Leftover Gems from the 19th and 20th Centuries passed on to the Modern World. Everyone should read MORALS AND DOGMA. Our Planet would be a much better place. The Most Rev. Dr., Mitchell C. Barron, B.S.Ed., D.D., Ed.R.D. Bishop of Alabama, Independent and Reformed Orthodox Church In The Americas (Patriarchate of Moscow). Patriarch of North America and Metropolitan Archbishop of the Southeastern United States for the Ancient Church of the Christos and of the Rose Cross. Most Illustrious Supreme Grand Master, Ordo Sancti Rosae Crucis et Templi. God Bless Everyone! +Mitchell
Guest More than 1 year ago
What is the philosophy inculcated by the Masonic Fraternity? Why have so many renowned men such as George Washington, Mozart, Benjamin Franklin, Harry S. Truman, and Sir Winston Churchill found in Masonic membership keys to leading enlightened lives? 'Morals and Dogma', written by poet, philosopher, frontiersman, soldier, humanitarian and philanthropist Albert Pike, explores in this volume answers to these questions, along with commentaries on religious and philosophical beliefs throughout history. Recommended to everyone who is interested in philosophy and comparative religion, but more especially to the Mason who desires a more thorough understanding of his fraternity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With faith in man, hope for the future of humanity, and loving kindness for our fellows, Masonry is just as vital for our future as it has been in our past. It seeks to be an unambitious and disinterested guide. We do not see the great religious rulers aiming to discover truth. Corrupt and venal orators are the assassins of the public liberties and of public morals. The lessons in Pike's M & D are not just for Scottish Rite Masons, but for humanity, which has changed very little since the first edition of 1871.
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