This study considers the institution of Freemasonry from the point of view of both masons and their critics, as well as from the author's own. In the first section, it gives an outline of masonic history, from the foundation of the Grand Lodge in Covent Garden in 1717 through its major role in Enlightenment Europe and the American War of Independence, its many tribulations and schisms in the 19th century to the present day. The book looks at one of the main sources of masonic history, Anderson's "Constitutions", which documents masonic practice and the masons' mythical history back to Hiram Abiff, the first Master Mason in the reign of King Solomon.
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Method Phenornenology and Religion in General
Andersons Constitutions Revised i738
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A. E. Waite already American Masonry ancient Anderson anti-Masonic Ashtart aware became become beginning body Brethren British Brother Builder building called Candidate character Christian Church concrete consciousness Constitutions context cultural death deﬁnition eighteenth century English existence fact Fellow Craft ﬁgure ﬁnally ﬁnd Findel ﬁrst Foundation Sacriﬁce Fraternity Freemasonry Freemasons French Gnostic Gould Grand Lodge Grand Master Hiram Abiff idea Idem ideological initiation institution King King Solomon knowledge latter Lodge of England London Masonic history Masonic legend Masonic Lodges Masonic religion Masonic Ritual Master Mason means Melkart moral myth mythological natural non-Masons particular person phenomenon pillars plot political position present Preston priest principle Protestantism reﬂects regarded religious situation rites Royal Arch secrecy secret signiﬁcant social society sociology of religion Solomon Solomon's Temple speaking speciﬁc speculative symbolism syncretic Temple theme things tradition universal Wardens whole Word