The Key To Modern Freemasonry, The Hidden Mysteries Of Nature And Science by Charles Lawrence

The early days of organised Freemasonry have been neglected for too long, largely because there is not a huge store of documents to be poured over and analysed. What the author has done in this valuable book is to look at the social, political, scientific, intellectual and religious background of the period in which we believe Freemasonry was originating and developing combined with personalities whom we know to have been involved in the early Grand lodge days and the major figures who formed part of their circles. Why are Freemasonry’s rituals laced with scientific concepts and the imperative for learning? Why such a reliance on allegory? Why is the outmoded science enshrined in Ritual so crucial? How did such a dubious group of founders create a brotherhood based on the strictest principles of humanitarian behaviour and why did the intrinsic beauty of the concept far outweigh their shortcomings? Continue reading

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The Red Triangle: A History of Anti-Masonry by Robert Cooper

Red TriangleAnti-Masonry (or Masonophobia as it is increasingly being termed) is almost as old as Freemasonry itself but why does it exist and what are the motives of its proponents? Do these change over time and what purpose does it serve?
These, and other questions, are the subject of this book. Initially the reader is asked to consider some historical examples from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries (especially from the Nazi era), and ending with some contemporary manifestations of the phenomenon. Much of the latter is drawn from Cooper’s personal experience in the 1990s and early 2000s.
Attempts to engage in dialogue with Masonophobes in the hope of understanding the motives at play failed but in the process some possible reasons were revealed and these are discussed. Continue reading

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Alain Bernheim: le rite en 33 grades, de Frederick Dalcho à Charles Riandey

Prix du livre d’histoire maçonnique 2011

Ce livre, fruit de plus de vingt années de travail de la part d’Alain Bernheim, est consacré à des événements que les francs-maçons dans leur très grande majorité ignorent, car ils ne sont évoqués dans la littérature maçonnique qu’avec de surprenantes erreurs, omissions et approximations. Ils constituent des moments charnières dans l’histoire de ce rite en trente-trois grades qui ne s’appelait pas encore Rite Ecossais Ancien et Accepté lorsque, de Charleston, à l’époque fief de l’esclavagisme, il annonça son existence au monde le 1er janvier 1803.
L’auteur décrit, presque au jour le jour, la genèse et le déroulement du drame qui déchira maçons européens lors de la scission qui amena la création du Suprême Conseil pour la France, il y moins d’un demi siècle. On lira les documents qui établissent dans cette affaire la responsabilité de Charles Riandey, Grand Commandeur du Suprême Conseil de France de son ami le Grand Commandeur du Suprême Conseil des Pays Bas ainsi que celle des Grands Commandeurs des deux Suprêmes Conseils des Etats-Unis d’Amérique. Continue reading

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The Royal Arch Journey by Neville Barker Cryer

Over the years the Revd Neville Barker Cryer has delivered many lectures to Lodges throughout the country. His lectures manage to both entertain and inform the lodge members and one perennially popular subject is the Royal Arch Journey. In this volume the author draws on his many years of research into the topic to present an analyis of the history of the Royal Arch, its origins and development, and its place in the present day Masonic tradition. His findings may prove controversial for some as he goes back to its origins in the 18th century but all readers will find this book presents a fascinating and compelling argument. Continue reading

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José Castellani, William Almeida de Carvalho: História do Grande Oriente do Brasil


Este é um dos trabalhos mais completos publicados até o momento a respeito da história do Grande Oriente do Brasil (GOB), que mostra os principais acontecimentos que marcaram a trajetória da Ordem e do poder central da Maçonaria brasileira e de sua atuação nos principais fatos políticos e sociais do nosso país, como a Abolição da Escravatura, a Proclamação da República e a Independência do Brasil.
A obra foi escrita por um dos mais respeitados historiadores maçônicos do Brasil, José Castellani, e por William Almeida de Carvalho, que também possui uma bagagem de conhecimento histórico invejável. Todo o trabalho é baseado em documentos oficiais e em longos anos de pesquisas.
Os autores mostram os fatos desde a criação das primeiras agremiações e Lojas que antecederam a fundação do GOB, as dificuldades e as conquistas dos maçons brasileiros dos séculos XIX e XX, estendendo-se até os dias atuais, em que a Maçonaria ainda tem participação em diversos segmentos da sociedade brasileira e o Grande Oriente do Brasil busca deixar ao país o exemplo de seriedade dessa Ordem.

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