The Complete Idiot's Guide to Freemasonry

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Penguin, 2006 - Social Science - 334 pages
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In The Complete Idiot's Guide to Freemasonry, an expert author reveals the truths and dispels the myths that have surrounded the Freemasons for hundreds of years:
  • Were the first masons 14th-century stone masons and cathedral builders, or can Freemasonry really be traced back as far as Egypt, Babylon, and Palestine?
  • The Masonic insistence on the belief in a Supreme Being
  • The Masons and the Knights Templar
  • True or false: the Masons coordinated the Boston Tea Party and the American Revolution.
  • How are Masons initiated, and exactly what goes on in a Masonic lodge?
  • What s the difference between the York Rite and the Scottish Rite, and are there women and African American Freemasons?
  • The Masons in the streets of Washington, DC: a tour
 

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a great book for beginners!

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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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