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The origins of Freemasonry.
Posted: 30 July 2008 08:09 PM   [ Ignore ]  
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I realize there will probably never be a consensus on the origins of Freemasonry, but I have come to my own conclusions (which I, of course, reserve the right to change. hehe) I’ve just made a post about it in my Masonic blog. Comments welcomed.

http://manthanein.com/blog/

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Posted: 04 August 2008 09:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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Esquire,

Born in Blood is a phenomenal book. One of the best Masonic reads ever. I went to your blog a read your story involving the man in line and his misunderstanding of Freemasonry. I cannot tell you how many times I have come across that as a Mason and I have only been in the Craft for a year and half. Your blog is really interesting and a great read. Keep posting.

Fraternally,

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Posted: 04 August 2008 04:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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Jacob,

Thanks for the kind words.  I agree about Born In Blood. It’s a phenomenal read.

Have you read Robinson’s latest book A Pilgrim’s Path? If not, you should check it out. In it he talks about his decision to become a Mason.

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Posted: 14 August 2008 06:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]  
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Hmmm…I just noticed that my post on my blog about the origins of Masonry was set to “private,” meaning no one could see it.

You should be able to read it now. Sorry for the confusion.

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Posted: 14 August 2008 11:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]  
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As you advance in Masonry, and expand your reading, you will, I sadly guarantee, be very embarrassed at this post. I also read the late John Robinson’s books when I first joined the Craft 17 years ago, shortly before his death, and was impressed then with his ideas and theories, just as you have been. Robinson was a great writer. Unfortunately, my further readings have since convinced me that he was not as great as an historian. While the Knights Templar may have been role models for a few of the early Masons, there was no direct connection. There is lot of uncertainty about the transition period between the operative stonemasons’ guilds and speculative Freemasonry, but that is, basically, where we come from.

I’m fortunate that I became a Mason before the era of the Internet. Otherwise I’m sure I’d be embarrassed by a blog entry very similar to this when I was still a Fellowcraft.

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