A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
Anyone who knows even BASIC Freemason history knows about the various divisions in the Craft. The early history of Freemasonry till the formation in
Scotland... the English... The Regius Manuscript? The Cooke Manuscript? The formation of Grand Lodges, then the Antient Grand Lodge till 1813 with the
formation of the United Grand Lodge of England.
Meanwhile... The Craft was in other countries as well... developing on various threads... The Catholic church played it's part... even in executing
masons etc. What of the York Rite? The Scottish Rite? Again.... France and America needs be considered... Freemasonry spread around the world, but
Anglo Freemasonry is one thing and Continental Freemasonry another.
Then what of the Jacobites and Catholic and Protestant politics? The Grand Orient de France was and is a Major Player.... Notice the french Revolution
had the mobs in the streets, crying Libertie! Egalitie! Fraternitie! That = French Masonry's MOTTO. Joseph Guillotine, inventor of the sharp execution
"machine", the Guillotine = a MASON. The French Grand Lodge began to admit not only Atheist ( which was NEVER Masonic ) but also admited women. The
entire Masonic world held and holds to this day The French Grand Orient de France "unrecognized". Lodges in the Masonic world are NOT recognized if
they admit women or atheist.
The U.S. history I'll leave up to everyone to fill in or learn about.... Let alone the Lodges and Freemasonry around the globe. As well there's the
Rosicrucian histories, and "other" groups.
To consider the P2 Lodge as a representative of Freemasonry isn't accurate. P2, which has been reformed under another P#, has more connection with the
OSS/CIA and the Vatican Ratlines and Gladio, then to Freemasonry. P2 was a "Secret Lodge" ( As secret as most CIA ops, till they get exposed )
So the research and investigation of this topic is a brilliant endeavor. But it requires many "little things" and history to have at least some
background? That is NOT achieved with a Google and Wikipedia education. Such sources are barely supplemental in a comprehensive work. I understand
some are not THAT interested in the subject... lol Fair Enough! But if one finds they ARE interested in seeking to learn all they can, then Google and
Wikipedia will NOT take them as far as they desire.
The foundation of the United States was Freemasonry as one of the cornerstones. Six Presidents from Washington to George H W Bush have been sworn into
office using a Bible from St. John's Lodge No.1 ( Masonic Lodge )
As mentioned.. The founding and formation of The United States involved THESE groups... Not ONLY Freemasonry, but Rosicrucian influences... The
philosophies of the times... from the Age of Reason to the Age of Enlightenment was DIRECTLY affected by these groups. Just because most schools NEVER
teach comprehensive history to students, by the millions... This IS History.
Da Vinci, Bacon, Newton, Beethoven on and on... Rosicrucian
I am NOT suggesting Dan Brown has much to say or is a "source" in such matters... That would be ONLY entertainment and fiction wrapped around historic
garments. The Da Vinci Code ( even though a court held Brown innocent ) was outright taken from "real" research that can be found in the likes of
Holy Blood, Holy Grail
by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh. Brown just wrapped the research in a FICTIONAL story.
Such investigations and research has long been going on... even before Holy Blood, Holy Grail in which the authors followed the thread that Jesus and
Mary Magdalene had children = Holy Bloodline... Others have long searched a thread that Joseph and Mary ( Mother Of God ) had Children after Jesus (
His brother and sister etc ) and THAT is the Holy Bloodline. But in a world of Google and Wiki and Brilliant Dan Brown fiction.... this isn't often
This Thread and the questions by the OP is brilliant. After all, the very foundation of the United States of America ( and the French Revolution,
which got severely out of hand ) was laid with the likes of Freemasons endeavoring to do a Great Work... Magnum Opus
And the questions of IF can offer people a place to consider that what Freemasons have done in history and yes.. in the United States, can be
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