The Complete Idiot's Guide to Freemasonry

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Penguin, 2006 - Social Science - 334 pages
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Mysteries revealed truths uncovered and myths dispelled.

What is the truth about the Masons suggested in Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code? Can Freemasonry really be dated back as far as Babylon? Did they really coordinate the Boston Tea Party and the American Revolution? What really goes on at a Mason lodge during an initiation? Here is the real story behind the secret society that now boasts nearly five million members (and has included such illustrious fellows as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin), as revealed by a Master Mason.

Offers a highly illustrated field guide to Masonic jewelry and symbols
Includes further reading, a glossary, a list of famous Freemasons and information on Freemasonry in popular culture
Morris is a Master Mason

  

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User Review  - dswaddell - LibraryThing

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Excellent source for the history, philosophy, and practices of Freemasonry. The author discusses Freemasonry's possible relationship to the Knights Templar, differences between the Scottish and York ... Read full review

Contents

The Birth of the Masonic Fraternity
17
The Beginnings of American Freemasonry
29
African American Freemasonry
55
Masonic Regularity
67
The Eastern Star the York Rite and the Scottish Rite
77
The York Rite
91
The Scottish Rite
107
Building Higher Having Fun and Doing More
123
How the Shrine Operates
142
Masonic Philanthropies
149
Part k Masonic Myths and Misunderstandings
161
Searching for Hidden Masonic Symbols
179
Knights Templar and Egypt
191
Religious Concerns About Freemasonry
201
A Field Guide to Masonic Symbols and Jewelry
215
they mean?
227

Ancient Egyptian Order of Sciots
134
Masonic Fun and Youth Groups
141
Appendixes
277
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About the author (2006)

S. Brent Morris, Ph.D., 33, is managing editor of the largest-circulation Masonic magazine in the world, the Scottish Rite Journal of the Supreme Council, 33, S.J. A former mathematician with the federal government, he's been invited to lecture at over 100 universities, has taught at Duke and Johns Hopkins Universities, and is currently on the graduate faculty at George Washington University.

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