posted on Apr, 8 2003 @ 06:29 PM
Alchemy was a cover story. Alchemists claimed they tried to make gold from base metals. This is a metaphor, the real goal was to make men better men.
In Europe at the time of Nicholas Flamel you got a dose of the Inquisition if you said you could make men better. Making men better was the exclusive
territory of the Catholic Church.
The Freemasons claim that all religions are derived from The Ancient Wisdom. Subsets of the original religion, adapted to local conditions.