posted on Mar, 15 2003 @ 10:55 PM
Oh I did fail to mention in the above post.
Before, I had refrained from what I've heard by other Masons about "Hiram's Key" and "The Messiah".
I've not heard them to be that factual at all, while I haven't read it and so can't say, that' is what I have heard.
However I do know that "The Temple and the Lodge by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh" is nearly Unbiased and is factual, though it hypothesises for
the explaination, but it traces the Templars to Scotland, finding their graves and old churches, and then it follows historically the possible
connection with it and Freemasonry, and the whole Jacobites thing...
I've read a bit of "Born in Blood by John J. Robinson" and that is very good too, basically it is Temple and the Lodge only it goes even further,
and stays around the 1300s. Where as the Temple book goes all the way to the American Revolution.
"Dungeon Fire and Sword" by the above author is also very good, and I've not read all of that, but it is a Bible thick tome completely about the
history of the Templars.
And "A Pilgrim's Path" I believe IS by the same author of the last two, only after he became a Mason, I heard that was excellent.
So there are my main views of Books on Masonry.
I can say with much assurance, that Manly P. Hall I find to be more or less a (Trouble maker) and Albert Pike is too confusing to even 33rd Degree
masons, for any non-mason to think they even DESERVE to understand what he wrote that book about. It's literally in a whole different language.
I can honestly say I don't understand "Morals and Dogma", but then, find me someone who does.
Morals and Dogma doesn't speak for masonry either.