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originally posted by: beansidhe
a reply to: Saurus
In Scotland, it used to be that Catholics couldn't be masons, it was only for Protestants, but I don't know if that is still the case. Is that where the idea of a 'one God' requirement came from (ie not a trinity) or has this got nothing to do with Scotland?
The Scottish Rite in English Masonry (called the Rose Croix) is only open to Christians.
The oldest records held within the Grand Lodge are meeting minutes of the Lodge of Edinburgh (Mary's Chapel) No.1 which date from 1599. The connection between the craft of stonemasonry and modern Freemasonry can be readily established in Scotland. This direct connection can be traced from the oldest Masonic written records in the world and which are the property of the Grand Lodge.
originally posted by: uncommitted
Masonry is effectively a private club and like most private clubs it may have membership rules. If you don't agree with them then why would you wish to join?
originally posted by: Saurus
From a scholarly point of view, I am particularly curious to find out if non-Christian American Masons have benefited from this degree, and how, because the English Grand Council is of the opinion that a non-Christian cannot benefit from the 18th Degree in particular.