posted on May, 18 2019 @ 04:30 PM
a reply to: SteamyJeans
A majority of Masons are Christian. Next would be Jewish, and there is even a large amount of Muslim Masons. Others still belong or ascribe to other
belief systems; it's not our point to dictate a particular religion one is to believe, but we maintain that any man petitioning a lodge is to have a
belief in a supreme being. It's a requirement long held from the beginning of the fraternity, that we carry on to this day.
As far as appendant bodies ("sub groups") go, the only one that requires one to be a Christian is the Knights Templar.
Freemasonry itself, stems from Christianity, and during the times stone masons built the edifices and cathedrals throughout Europe and England, it was
a requirement. The earliest writings that our tenets derive, are from the Regius Poem, which is estimated to date back to 1390. As far as
compatibility goes, that is up to you to decide. Freemasonry is not a replacement for religion or church attendance, but is a fraternity, or
brotherhood of men who believe in a supreme intelligence who will hold us accountable for our actions. Christianity doesn't have a copyright on that
concept. In fact, it doesn't require a religion at all to come to that conclusion. Certainly, there are many superstitious zealots who claim that
Freemasonry is the devils workshop. They are low-intelligence fanatics, and we don't want them, nor do we have time for them.
I'll return later to talk about Pike, but for now, I have to go pick my wife up from work, since my truck is in the shop.