Freemasonry: An Introduction
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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DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES ON FREEMASONRY
WHAT FREEMASONRY IS NOT
FREEMASONRY AS AN INITIATIC TRADITION
A VEHICLE FOR SELFDEVELOPMENT
AN EVENING AT SOLOMONS LODGE 987
WOMEN AND FREEMASONRY
AFRICAN AMERICANS AND FREEMASONRY
VIOLATING MASONIC CIVIL RIGHTS IN ENGLAND
FREEMASONRY AND RELIGION IN GENERAL
FREEMASONRY AND ACCUSATIONS OF DEVIL WORSHIP
FREEMASONRY AND CHRISTIANITY IN GENERAL
THE INNER EXPERIENCE
THE ALTAR THE VOLUME OF SACRED LAW AND THE TEMPLE BUILT BY SOLOMON
THE LETTER G
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
FREEMASONRY AND THE OCCULT
FREEMASONRY AND INTERNATIONAL CONSPIRACY
FREEMASONRY AND ROMAN CATHOLICISM
SOME THOUGHTS ON ANTIMASONRY
THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN
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
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