Freemasonry seen by others

FREEMASONRY: an international organization whose principles are embodied in SYMBOLS and ALLEGORIES connected with the art of building and involving an oath of secrecy. The origins of the movement probably lie in twelfth-century Europe. There are two major divisions: the Old Charges which date 1390 and 1400; and The Masonic Word, which is a Scottish institution of obscure origin. From the eighteenth century there developed “Speculative Masonry” or modern FREEMASONRY. The GrandLodge was
formed in 1717 to co-ordinate other Lodges. The origins of most Masonic ceremonies are obscure and probably date to the seventeenth century. The movement places considerable
emphasis on social welfare activities and claims to be based on the fundamentals of all religions. In the eighteenth century, it was closely associated with DEISM and even today a general deistic ethos generally prevails modified by the incorporation of religious symbols derived from ASSYRIAN and EGYPTIAN BELIEFS. The CHURCH OF ENGLAND, ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH and many EVANGELICAL denominations have condemned FREEMASONRY as UN-CHRISTIAN. Recently various sensational journalists have published exposes claiming that it is a closed club which often breaks the law to promote the interests of its members. Such claims are, of course, hotly denied by Masons.
(From theChurchStEdmunds by Irving Hexman).

Saint John, the Evangelist

On the 27th December was commemorated the day of Saint John, the Evangelist. In the Scriptures this disciple of Jesus was signaled as the one that spread the teachings of the Good Shepard. Freemasonry adopted this date as one of the most celebrated days in the year which coincide with the Solstice of Winter. Saint John, the Evangelist and Saint John, the Baptist, are the two saints patrons of Freemasonry. By introducing this reverence it is not the Craft’s task to take sides in which religion should be elected as the religion of the Freemasons. That choice (and decision) is something absolutely reserved for each Freemason. Although is common that part of Freemasons are believers, there is also a large number of them that are no-believers. For Freemasonry, Spirituality is the link that connects all the Brethren and this has nothing to do with institutional religions, elected sacred books, collective worship and sacraments. Freemasonry as an institution does not take part in all this.

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