Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry (Google eBook)

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Masonic Publishing Company, 1874 - 861 pages
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This book was written by a self-educated (YES, he DROPPED out of Harvard before he even began! He was not that educated as the other reviewer thinks, look it up in a biography) elitist who doesn't understand real history or the concept of academic citations much less a bibliography. Putting this out in public view is either
A) A huge blunder for a secret society
B) A huge distraction to make people THINK that these people have secrets and such to make them look foolish when it turns out that these people are just better organized than you are and otherwise, completely normal human beings. In other words, "Lets put crap out there saying we worship Lucifer so people will be too freaked out to join so only our friends and family will get in,"
This really is a manifesto of sorts with a mix of logical arguments and fairy tale non-sense that has poisoned the pool of knowledge in the masses with this tripe quoted text since its inception. "The people are a force to be managed" etc... Good grief! Its like something Karl Marx would say.
It should come with a big note: READ IN THE LIGHT THAT THIS PERSON IS OUT TO PHYSCOLOGICALLY WARP YOUR MIND. Because either way this is true. Its only value is historical in my opinion. One day people will read this and say, "Wow, civilization was really gullible back then, eh?"
 

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Once again, I'm not a member of the Masonic order, so how better to find out what Freemasonry is about than to read THEIR books? If you TRULY want to become a TRUE Freemanson - above and beyond all else - then, according to what I've found out concerning this subject, you WILL go far beyond the teachings in most lodges in America. Read page 321 and decide for yourself, and please read the other reviews. I purchased several "Morals And Dogma" books to give away and to keep one as a reference. To me it was a hard read, but I learned that Albert Pike was an extremely educated man. I didn't know his reason(s) for sharing some of the "secrets" that he did. But then, he was writing to the Masons, I believe. I can never be a Freemason, but I do have friends and family who are Masons whom I get along with (Yes, I get along with them by keeping this knowledge to myself - I found that out the hard way. I realized that this information is available to anyone, so if you want it then, get it). 

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Page 813 - Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay : but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
Page 262 - This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.
Page 108 - There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it: 15 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.
Page 806 - Whatever withdraws us from the power of our senses, whatever makes the past, the distant, or the future predominate over the present, advances us in the dignity of thinking beings.
Page 739 - Or of the eternal co-eternal beam, May I express thee unblamed ? since God is light, And never but in unapproached light Dwelt from eternity, dwelt then in thee, Bright effluence of bright essence increate.
Page 266 - And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.
Page 642 - ... and the napkin that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.
Page 450 - If I beheld the sun when it shined, Or the moon walking in brightness ; And my heart hath been secretly enticed, Or my mouth hath kissed my hand : This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge : For I should have denied the God that is above.
Page 36 - For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass : for he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
Page 111 - Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth : therefore let thy words be few.

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