Freemasons For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 3, 2011 - Social Science - 384 pages
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Fascinated by Freemasons? Freemasons For Dummies is the internationally best-selling introduction to the Masons, the oldest and largest "secret society" in the world. This balanced, eye-opening guide demystifies Freemasonry, explaining everything from its elaborate rituals and cryptic rites, to its curious symbols and their meanings. Find out what goes on in a Masonic meeting. You'll understand the true purposes of Masonic "secrecy" and philosophy, meet famous Masons throughout history, and discover related organizations like the Knights Templar, the Scottish Rite, Order of the Eastern Star, and the Shriners. Explore the controversies and conspiracy theories that swirl around this organization at the center of Dan Brown's novel The Lost Symbol, and discover the changes coming to the Craft.
 

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User Review  - bob4thebuckeyes - Overstock.com

As a mason i was suprised to find a well wriitin book that covers all the basics with out telling to much great for the person who is thinking of joining the brotherhood or the elder statesman of the fraturnity for refrance. Read full review

Great read

User Review  - ottdog74 - Borders

A great place to start if you are looking for information on freemasonry! Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
What Is Freemasonry?
9
From Quarries to Lodge Rooms
21
From Quarries to Lodge Rooms A History of the Freemasons 21 Chapter 3 The Philosophy of Freemasonry
55
Politics Religion and Freemasons They Dont Mix
63
The Mechanics of Freemasonry
91
The Mechanics of Freemasonry How It Works 91 Chapter 5 How the Freemasons Are Organized
93
The Ceremonies of Freemasons
117
The Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine
229
The Extended Masonic Family
239
Freemasonry Today and Tomorrow
257
Freemasons and the Future
267
So You Want to Become a Freemason
275
Ten Groups of Famous Masons
289
Ten Amazing Conspiracies
297
Ten Cool Masonic Places
309

The Symbols of Freemasonry
131
Myths and Misconceptions about Masons
153
Knights Swords Fezzes and Dresses
173
The York Rite
191
The Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite
213
The Regius Manuscript
315
Andersons Constitutions
337
Finding a Lodge
343
Index
355
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About the author (2011)

Christopher Hodapp is a Freemason and the editor of the Journal of the Masonic Society. He is the author of Solomon's Builders: Freemasons, Founding Fathers and the Secrets of Washington D.C. He has written for numerous other publications, and has appeared on the History Channel. He is the co-author with Alice VonKannon of The Templar Code For Dummies and Conspiracy Theories and Secret Societies For Dummies.

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