posted on May, 14 2010 @ 06:12 PM
reply to post by bigfatfurrytexan
It is the best source of information on Masonic teachings that I have found.
I don't really think it's "the best" .. It's a nice book, don't get me wrong, much better than pikes works anyways. But it should be noted it
is very speculative, and interpretive .. especially as he was not a Mason when he wrote the book.
A lot of Masonic symbols and teachings are very perspective and interpretive.. they can mean things to different people. Some would say there is one
set secret teachings that true Masons discover, some like me believe the genius in the teachings is that everyone can easily discover them, even if
they mean different things. Ultimately it's the same way with a Religion, you cannot place five people of the same denomination and have them agree
100% on teachings, even if they are supposed to take it strictly from the book. Masonry, which has no book, is there fore even more speculative than
organized philosophies. We set the guidelines with specific philosophical teachings. You discover the rest, and make of it what you will.
the point is that the Scottish Rite, being the successor to the Templars
I'd say no. Personally I believe Freemasonry it's self is a quasi neo-templar version of the older order.. we know Freemasonry originated out of
Scotland, we know it ran underground before it was mainstream, and we know the Templars ran to Scotland after their destruction, even winning battles
on-behalf of the Scottish King. I believe Templar tradition with local Gaelic folklore could have been the foundation of Masonry, which later on
adapted the stories we hear today, based on biblical stories. Again, that's my opinion of course, from my own studies of both celtic histories and
masonic histories. There are numerous theories of origin, and all being theories none are wrong or right..
The Scottish Rite we know was formed in the United States during the Civil War era. It's formation is well documented, and has nothing to do with
the Templars. And besides, the York Rite are the Templars, not the Scottish Rite.