Freemasonry: An Introduction (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jan 20, 2011 - Social Science - 208 pages
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An experienced Freemason and award-winning psychologist provides a precise and engaging exploration of the core meaning and practices of Freemasonry for the new generation of people interested in joining the order, and those who are simply curious in the wake of recent media coverage.

Entertaining books and movies often depict Freemasonry as a shadowy, mysterious, and possibly sinister organization, and the TV and magazine specials on Freemasonry that inevitably follow often leave us with more questions than answers.

Mark E. Koltko-Rivera, a practicing thirty-second-degree Mason, has created a simple, authoritative, and easy-to-understand introduction to the history, rites, and meaning of Freemasonry. It may be the single most reliable short guide to Masonry, written by a widely recognized psychologist and scholar of esoteric history.

Koltko-Rivera's trustworthy handbook explores all the basic issues around Masonry, like:

*What is Freemasonry, and what is its history?

*How does one become a Freemason?

*What are some of the most important Masonic symbols?

*What do Masons get from their involvement in Freemasonry? What changes does it make in their inner and outer lives?

*What is it like to participate in the initiatory rituals of Freemasonry?

*What are some of the great historical controversies and myths surrounding Freemasonry?

*How is Masonry relevant today?


  

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Review: Freemasonry: An Introduction

User Review  - Mogi - Goodreads

Excellent introduction to Freemasonry without giving too much away. As an aspiring Freemason one of the things I hear is try not to "read too deep" about Freemasonry before you start working on your degrees; this book does a great job of that. It just whets your appetite. Easy fun read. Read full review

Review: Freemasonry: An Introduction

User Review  - Art - Goodreads

A well-written introduction to freemasonry. The author discusses the history of freemasonry, some of the symbols used in the rituals, controversies surrounding freemasonry, and how one becomes a freemason. Basic information, but very well presented. Read full review

Contents

DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES ON FREEMASONRY
WHAT FREEMASONRY IS NOT
SUMMARY
FREEMASONRY AS AN INITIATIC TRADITION
A VEHICLE FOR SELFDEVELOPMENT
FELLOWSHIP
SUMMARY
AN EVENING AT SOLOMONS LODGE 987
WOMEN AND FREEMASONRY
AFRICAN AMERICANS AND FREEMASONRY
ALBERT PIKE
VIOLATING MASONIC CIVIL RIGHTS IN ENGLAND
SUMMARY
FREEMASONRY AND RELIGION IN GENERAL
FREEMASONRY AND ACCUSATIONS OF DEVIL WORSHIP
FREEMASONRY AND CHRISTIANITY IN GENERAL

AFFILIATED GROUPS
THE INNER EXPERIENCE
SUMMARY
THE SQUARE
THE LEVEL
THE PLUMB
THE COMPASSES
THE ALTAR THE VOLUME OF SACRED LAW AND THE TEMPLE BUILT BY SOLOMON
THE LETTER G
SUMMARY
THE INITIATIC TRADITION IN ANCIENT TIMES
THE MEDIEVAL KNIGHTS TEMPLAR
THE MEDIEVAL STONEMASONS OF EUROPE
THE LATE RENAISSANCE AND EARLY ENLIGHTENMENT
THE FOUNDING OF THE FIRST GRAND LODGE
FREEMASONRY AND THE FOUNDING OF THE UNITED STATES
SUMMARY
FREEMASONRY AND THE OCCULT
FREEMASONRY AND INTERNATIONAL CONSPIRACY
FREEMASONRY AND ROMAN CATHOLICISM
SOME THOUGHTS ON ANTIMASONRY
SUMMARY
FROM HELL
THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN
NATIONAL TREASURE
ESTABLISH ELIGIBILITY
FIND THE LOCAL LODGE
GET TO KNOW SOME OF THE LOCAL LODGE BROTHERS
MEET WITH THE INVESTIGATION COMMITTEE
UNDERGOING THE TRIAL OF THE BALLOT BOX
AFTER RECEIVING THE THREE BASIC DEGREES OF FREEMASONRY
INTRODUCTIONS TO FREEMASONRY
MASONIC SYMBOLISM
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About the author (2011)

Mark E. Koltko-Rivera, Ph.D., is a thirty-second degree (32°) Freemason as well as a doctor of psychology. Koltko-Rivera has received several degrees of initiation administered by the York Rite of Freemasonry, culminating in his status as a member of the Masonic version of the Knights Templar. He has written extensively on Freemasonry for publications that serve a Masonic audience, and has also written award-winning scholarly works in the fields of clinical and counseling psychology. Koltko-Rivera received his doctoral degree in counseling psychology from New York University in 2000. He lives in New York City.

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