posted on Nov, 21 2002 @ 04:16 AM
Actually Byrd, there may be good cause to call Hiram Abiff a creation, but there is equally good cause to date masonry back to the first mellinea
BC...about 1015 BC to be exact.
Until the medeival ages, around about 1200 or so it had many roots, but once it coallessed into opperative stone masonry, it only had one path to
being speculative. Newton was a speculative mason.
The Grand Lodge of England formed by the union of four previously existing lodges, so there was masonry before the founding of that lodge. I am
saddend to see that Ashmole is not on the list =(
He is the first recorded initiate into freemasonry, 1604 I think. Not sure when Newton would have joined, but he well could have during his life
Hmm yeah you said before the "first lodge" was founded, no Newton died before the "first GRAND lodge" was founded. I would say that freemason
lodges have been around since the 1200s or late 1100s. Of course many masons differ on when they actually think masonry began, but it is mainly
perspective. But all masons agree, or well should, that freemasonry was around by the 1600s