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I will say being Knighted was the coolest thing so far in my travels!
originally posted by: KSigMason
a reply to: JUhrman
Freemasonry is very much an initiatic order that expresses such things as you describe throughout the degrees.
Freemasonry is influenced by many things, and it varies with the variety of appendant/concordant orders.
I would agree that the Christians of America are much more puritanical and have forgotten (or just ignore) the history of their own faith; this isn't helped by fundamentalists and zealots.
What is the official position of the Masonic organizations in the US regarding their esoteric occult roots? Do they recognized them or try to distance themselves from it, fearing to be labelled as a satanic cult by fundamentalist Christians?
Really, our roots are unknown to us. We can trace ourselves back to the 16th and 17th century with some manuscripts dotting the historical landscape, but prior to that no one knows for sure the route Freemasonry took to become what it is today.
The accusation of Satanism is foolish and the fraternity does state that such a charge is false.
What is the personal relationship of most masons (in general, and yourself in particular) to these occult traditions and teachings? Indifference? Curiosity? Interest? Involvement? Are they seen as purely symbolic or to be used for practical purposes too?
I'm Christian, but a much more esoteric one, leaning towards Rosicrucianism. I have curiosity and interest in our origins, but in the last year my research has been slowed by my progression through college; this is also why my answers are shorter than I would like, but I have final exams to study for.
originally posted by: FlyInTheOintment
No. But then I haven't seen certain parts of the far side of the Moon either, yet I know they exist, because I trust the people who tell me they exist.
originally posted by: Emma3
Their secrets are not even disclosed to the initiates, it's only when the member reaches certain degrees that they start telling him what is really about. If you want to know, read "morals and dogma" from Albert Pike or "the secret teachings of all ages" by Manly P Hall.
originally posted by: boymonkey74
Reading this thread has made me want to join up.
But I don't know any around here and iam a lowly support worker looking after people with learning disabilities.
I don't think I have much clout in my community .