posted on Nov, 3 2012 @ 11:34 PM
reply to post by darkhorserider
To suggest that Pike was just some guy giving his opinion on Freemasonry seems somewhat of a weak response.
This is a man respected enough by Freemasonry to be entombed at the Masonic Temple in Washington, D.C.
Albert Mackey had this to say about him:
His standing as a Masonic author and historian, and withal
as a poet, was most distinguished, and his untiring zeal was without a parallel ~ Albert G. Mackey
From a lecture by Freemason ROSCOE POUND, PROFESSOR OF JURISPRUDENCE IN HARVARD UNIVERSITY, 1915
But I may remind you that he became Sovereign Grand Commander of the southern jurisdiction in the Scottish Rite in 1859 and devoted the remaining
thirty-two years of his life in continually increasing measure to the work of that rite.
Excepting Krause no mind of equal caliber has been employed upon the problems of Masonry...
…Accordingly we need not hesitate to pronounce Albert Pike by far the best qualified by nature, experience of life, Masonic experience and Masonic
learning of those who have thought upon the problems of Masonic philosophy.
While I understand that Morals and Dogma isn't considered the "bible" of Freemasonry, the quote we are discussing is a direct observation of
and does come from one of the most respected 33rds in Mason history.
reply to post by KSigMason
"The Blue Degrees are but the outer court or portico of the Temple. Part of the symbols are displayed there to the Initiate, but he is
intentionally misled by false interpretations. It is not intended that he shall understand them; but it is intended that he shall imagine he
understands them. Their true explication is reserved for the Adepts, the Princes of Masonry." (Morals and Dogma, p.819)
Essentially it means those who deserve to be misled will be misled (ie the ignorant).
So, some of your "brothers" deserve to be misled? Why, then, would they be allowed to continue to be Masons? Not to mention that Pike refers,
apparently, to ALL Blue Degree brethren.
The intentional misleading of the blue degrees would seem not only supremely egotistical, but would also seem to belie the affirmations of "character
It would also infer that Masons--especially below the 33rd degree--can't actually state, empirically, what the ultimate goals of Freemasonry truly
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