Well lets rattle this cage some more with some masonic comments.
Masons like to say this about Manly P. Hall.
Manley Hall... Manley Hall - The Lost Keys of Freemasonry is a work often quoted by anti-Masons due to some of the statements made by Hall about the
religious nature of Freemasonry. Published in 1923, it was written when Hall was barely 21 years of age - and some thirty one (31) years before he
became a Mason! Because of this, it can easily be seen that the book represents merely the personal theories of a non-Mason. Further, Mr. Hall (who
passed away in August 1990) was a self-avowed mystic and hardly a "leading authority" of Freemasonry.
I went to amazon.com and looked up a few reviews for the The Loste Keys of Freemasonry.
From Amazon.com: Unsolicited book review
"Manly P. Hall (33rd degree Mason & founder of The Philosophical Research Society) gives us an illuminating, poetically written treatise on the
origins of Ancient Masonry and the underlying, meaning of much Masonic Symbolism and practice. Hall's book is a poetic read, that can be consumed in
one sitting, yet will be read and refered to many times again. He details some of the spiritual aspects of the hidden meanings of Masonry and the
ancient origins from which the modern fraternity receives it's wisdom. The Foreward is by Reynold E. Blight, 33rd degree, K.T. & the illustrations
are by J. Augustus Knapp, 32nd degree.... Obviously, this man is viewed as a Great, within the ranks of the Fraternity."
Amazon.com book review:
"If you're a Master Mason, you should have read or be reading this book. If you're a new Mason but not a Master yet, you should read this book. It
discusses the symbolism of the degrees and a bit of the meaning of each stage of becoming a Master Mason. It puts Freemasonry and the degrees in a
light you probably won't get otherwise but every Master Mason should experience. The more you read, the more Masonry will mean to you and the more
you'll understand about Masonry."
From amazon.com . . . From the Back Cover
Temple Builder, Craftsmen and Artisans alike, will find much for study and consideration within these pages. Here are keys which, if only read, will
leave the reader still in ignorance but, if lived, will change the speculative Masonry of today into the operative Masonry of tomorrow, when each
builder, realizing his own place, will see things which he never saw before, not because they were not there, but because he was blind. And there are
none so blind as those who will not see
Looks to me like the masons are a firm believer in guy who wrote a book but wasn't a mason.
Since rockpuck took off and roark. Lets here from hobbes, appak, or masonic light. Answer me this.
Where in his later writings did he reject what he'd written in Lost Keys?
What motivated him to do his original research for Lost Keys?
Who were his mentors?
How are we to know when he joined the organization?
Why would he want to join an organization with such beliefs - according to him - unless he wanted to verify his earlier knowledge regarding the secret
doctrines and perhaps experience such "seething energies" he believes are available to Masons?
Why was he considered noble enough to join if he held views that were blatantly untrue?
bottom line: you cannot have it both ways.
(And I will be waiting to see your diligence in finding out what in his mind were "the lost keys" of the 33rd degree.)
A very cursory reading of many Masonic authorities shows that the GAOTU, the god of Freemasonry (Jahbulon), is not the God of Abraham, Isaac, and
Jacob and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.