Freemasons for Dummies

ISBN-10: 0764597965
ISBN-13: 9780764597961
Edition: 2005
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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/30/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

At last, a plain-English guide to Freemasonry-the secret society that's reportedly at the center of Dan Brown's forthcoming novel The Solomon Key With Freemasonry featured prominently in The Da Vinci Code as well as the hit movie National Treasure, it's no wonder that more and more people are curious about this ancient organization, and interest is sure to intensify when Dan Brown's new blockbuster appears. This eye-opening guide demystifies Freemasonry, explaining the organization's origins in medieval Europe, its philosophy and purpose, and, of course, the elaborate rituals, secret signs, and cryptic symbols that set Freemasonry apart from other fraternal orders. The book profiles famous Freemasons throughout historyfincluding many of America's Founding Fathers as well as prominent politicians and business leadersfand offers a balanced assessment of the many controversies and conspiracy theories that continue to swirl around Freemasonry. For anyone who wants an evenhanded overview of Freemasonry's past, present, and future, this guide is the key. Christopher Hodapp (Indianapolis, IN) is a Mason who has traveled extensively reporting on Masonic practices in Great Britain, France, and elsewhere. He is currently a Past Master and a Master of his lodge. Hodapp edits the lodge newsletter and has written for the Grand Lodge magazine, the Indiana Freemason.

Introduction
About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
What You're Not to Read
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go From Here
What Is Freemasonry?
Lodges, Aprons, and Funny Handshakes: Freemasonry 101
What Is Freemasonry?
What Masons Do
The three degrees
Lodges, blue lodges, craft lodges, and more
The public ceremonies of Freemasons
Real men wear aprons!
A "secret society"
So is it a charity? A church? A social club?
Are [Fill in the Blank] Freemasons, Too?
From Quarries to Lodge Rooms: A History of the Freemasons
The Great Builders: Freemasonry before 1700
Operative Masons: The great builders
Speculative Masons and the big change
The 1700s: Builders of Men
The first Grand Lodge
Masonry in America
The French Revolution and beyond
The 1800s: Growth, Change, and Branching Out
Antients and Moderns reunited
Masonic America
The 1900s: The World Wars and Beyond
Social concerns in the early 1900s
World War II
Growth again
The decline of the '60s
Y2K and Beyond: More Changes on the Way
The Philosophy of Freemasonry
What Masons Believe In
Brotherly love, relief, and truth
Basic principles
A New World Order?
Mystic Masonry
The mystic tie
Masonic symbolism
Politics, Religion, and Freemasons: They Don't Mix
Religion and the Masons
Freemasonry and Catholicism
Freemasonry and Protestants
Freemasonry and the Jews
Freemasonry and Islam
Politics and the Masons
Political turmoil in 18th-century Europe
French anarchy
Revolution!
Dictators and Freemasonry
The distrust continues
Brethren at war
The Mechanics of Freemasonry: How It Works
How the Freemasons Are Organized: Who Does What and Why
What Is a Lodge?
What Do Masons Do at the Lodge?
Who's in Charge around Here?
Officers in the progressive line
Officers not in the progressive line
What Makes a Grand Lodge So, Well, Grand?
The Grand Master
The rules
What Is a Regular, Recognized Lodge?
Multiple Grand Lodges: So who's legit?
Irregular, unrecognized, and all over the place
The Ceremonies of Freemasons
Understanding Where Masonic Ritual Comes From
The historical medieval guild rituals
Put it in writing
The Work of the Modern Lodge
The Entered Apprentice: Initiation and youth
The Fellow Craft degree: Passing through manhood
Master Mason: Raising, age, and death
Movin' on up!
The Symbols of Freemasonry
The Role of Symbolism in Freemasonry
Masonic Symbols
The number three
Tracing boards: 18th-century PowerPoint
Solomon's Temple
Square and compass
More Masonic Symbols
Scythe and hourglass
The 47th Problem of Euclid or the Pythagorean theorem
Jacob's ladder
Anchor and ark
Sun, eye, Moon, and stars
Lamb and lambskin apron
Slipper
Point within a circle and parallel lines
Pot of incense
Beehive
Plumb
Level
The letter G
Five-pointed star
Naked heart and the sword
Tyler's sword and the Book of Constitutions
Trowel
Handshake
Rough and perfect (or smooth) ashlars
Pillars
The coffin, shovel, setting maul, and sprig of acacia
24-inch gauge and the common gavel
Myths and Misconceptions about Masons
Why Freemasonry Is Misunderstood
Common Myths about Freemasonry
The lodge goat
The All-Seeing Eye and the U.S. $1 bill
The Masonic bible
The Freemasons and Satan
Uncle Albert and Lucifer
The Freemasons and world takeover
The Freemasons and breaking the law
A Few Words about the Rosicrucians
The ballad of Christian Rosenkreutz
American Rosicrucians
Modern Rosicrucianism
So what about Masonic Rosicrucians?
Knights, Swords, Fezzes, and Dresses: The Appendant Bodies
Introducing the Appendant Bodies: Who's Who, and Who Isn't
What Are Appendant Bodies?
The-concordant bodies
The appendant bodies
So What about These Other Groups?
The animal lodges
The service clubs
Other unrelated fraternal groups
Masonic-sounding groups
The York Rite
The York Rite System
Why York?
How it's organized
Royal Arch Masonry
Mark Master
Past Master
Most Excellent Master
Royal Arch
The Cryptic Rite
Knights Templar
The chivalric orders
A crash course in Templar history
Other York Rite Bodies
York Rite College
Knight Masons
Allied Masonic Degrees
Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis
Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests
Knights of the York Cross of Honour
Red Cross of Constantine
York Rite Charities
The Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite
The Scottish Rite System
Presentation: Curtain up, light the lights
Organization: Crosses, knights, and princes
France: Freemasonry's Foundry Furnace
The Scottish Rite in the United States
Albert Pike: Sage of the Scottish Rite
Early life
Pike discovers Freemasonry
Rituals, morals, and dogma
Pike and the rest of the Masonic world
The Degrees of the Scottish Rite
The Southern Masonic Jurisdiction degrees
The Northern Masonic Jurisdiction degrees
The Scottish Rite and Charitable Work
The Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine
All Shriners Are Freemasons
The History of the Shriners
The Knickerbocker boys
So why the goofy hats?
The first growth of the Shrine
Polio and the first Shrine hospital
Depression and growth
Greatest philanthropy in the world
Putting a Little of the Boy Back in the Man
Hot sands of the desert
Temples: Domes and minarets
Units: One to suit every Shriner
What's with the little cars?
But Is It Freemasonry?
The Extended Masonic Family
Women in the Lodge
The Order of the Eastern Star
The Order of the Amaranth
The White Shrine of Jerusalem
The Social Order of the Beauceant
The Youth Groups
DeMolay International for boys
The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls
Job's Daughters
Lesser-Known Masonic Groups
The Mystic Order of the Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm of North America
The Ancient Egyptian Order of SCIOTS
The Tall Cedars of Lebanon of North America
National Sojourners
High Twelve International
Masonic Research Societies
Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076
Canonbury Masonic Research Centre
Philalethes Society
Phylaxis Society
Scottish Rite Research Society
Lodges of research
Freemasonry Today and Tomorrow
So Is It Still Relevant?
That Which Was Lost
Our solitary society
Disconnected from each other
Where Freemasonry Fits In
Making good men better ones
Good for you, and tastes good, too
Brotherly love
Relief
Truth
Timelessness
Freemasons and the Future
The Future of the Craft
One-day classes
Advertising
Dues
Back to the Future
Small is good
Everything old is new again
Ancient lessons, new technology
The Internet: Breaking Down Barriers
So You Want to Become a Freemason
Why Men Become Masons
What's in it for you
Hearing from Masons themselves
Why I joined
To Be One, Ask One
Finding a Freemason
Finding a lodge
Joining a Lodge
The qualifications for membership
Petitioning the lodge to join
Being investigated
Balloting
Scheduling your degree ceremonies
Welcome, Brother
The Part of Tens
Ten Groups of Famous Masons
Founding Fathers
Explorers and Adventurers
Science and Medicine
Actors and Entertainers
The World of Sports
Military Leaders
The World of Business
The World of Statecraft
U.S. Civil Rights Leaders
Arts and Letters
Ten Amazing Conspiracies, Anti-Masons, and Hoaxes
Leo Taxil and the Great Hoax!
The Illuminati!
Trilats, CFRs, and Bilderbergers, Oh My!
The Secret 33rd Degree!
Jack the Ripper: A Freemason?!
The Italian P2 Lodge Scandal!
Washington, D.C., Is Satan's Road Map!
Aleister Crowley, Satanist and Freemason!
The Nazis Were Founded by Freemasons!
Masonic Cops! Masonic Judges!
Ten Cool Masonic Places
Freemason Hall (London)
George Washington Masonic Memorial (Alexandria, Virginia)
House of the Temple (Washington, D.C.)
Freemason's Hall (Philadelphia)
Masonic Temple (Detroit)
Grand Lodge of the State of New York (New York City)
Templar Church (London)
Rosslyn Chapel (Roslin, Scotland)
Grande Loge Nationale Francaise and Other Masonic Buildings (Paris)
Scottish Rite Cathedral (Indianapolis)
Appendixes
The Regius Manuscript
A Poem of Moral Duties
Anderson's Constitutions
The Charges Of A Free Mason
Concerning God And Religion
Of The Civil Magistrate Supreme And Subordinate
Of Lodges
Of Masters, Wardens, Fellows, And Apprentices
Of The Management Of The Craft In Working
Of Behavior
Finding a Lodge
Mainstream U.S. Grand Lodges
Prince Hall Grand Lodges
Canadian Grand Lodges
Index

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