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Making Good Men Better

By: Carl W. Davis (Author), Theodore S. Jackson (Editor)

Making Good Men Better is an accessible and succinct devotional for Freemasons and those who are curious about the Craft.

Each week Davis invites the reader to explore a new symbolic lesson taken directly from the teachings of masonic ritual through his down-to-earth explanations, anecdotes, and reflections.

Part devotional and part journal, each week’s section includes space for the reader to note his or her own thoughts about the topic at hand, making this an immensely practical tool for the new or seasoned speculative Mason who wants to delve deeper into the teachings of this ancient fraternity.

 

Genesis of Freemasonry

By: David Harrison (Author)

This book is a revealing but thoroughly enjoyable journey through the intricate history of English Freemasonry.

Historian Dr David Harrison reconstructs the hidden history of the movement, tracing its roots through a mixture of mediaeval guild societies, alchemy and necromancy.

He examines the earliest known Freemasons and their obsessions with Solomon”s Temple, alchemy and prophecy to the formation of the Grand Lodge in London, which in turn led to rebellions within the Craft throughout England, especially in York and with the formation of the antients.

Harrison also analyses the role of French immigrant Dr Jean Theophilus Desaguliers in the development of English Freemasonry, focussing on his involvement with the formation of the mysterious modern Masonic ritual.

All Freemasons and more general readers will find much of interest in this fascinating exploration of the very beginnings of Freemasonry, still one of the most mysterious brotherhoods in the world.

 

On the Origin of Free-Masonry

By: Thomas Paine (Author)

On the Origin of Free Masonry is a work by the famous and popular Thomas Paine. Paine is of course the well-known political activist who played a role in both the French and American revolutions. His most famous works include Common Sense and The American Crisis.

This book consists of a short essay intended to introduce the reader to free masonry and the background of the fraternal organization. While there is no evidence that Paine himself was a freemason, he was well known as a religious skeptic, and was particularly critical of Christianity. This version of On the Origin of Free Masonry is actually stripped of several passages critiquing Christianity that were included in a later publication of this book.

Paine’s short essay begins with a brief literature review of other sources that have detailed Freemasonry. From there, the author discusses some of the underlying principles and beliefs of Freemasonry, and goes through a series of questions and answers for the new apprentice. The book concludes with a brief commentary on the need for secrecy amongst the Freemasons.

At less than thirty pages, this is a very quick read. Paine is knowledgeable about the subject and has prepared a well-crafted introduction to the society. Indeed, this book does provide a short but detailed synopsis that is appropriate for the layman interested in Freemasonry.

Ultimately, On the Origin of Free Masonry will be read as much for its historical significance as for its content. The book is both interesting as an introductory guide to Freemasonry and a glimpse into Paine’s anti religious beliefs, and is thus recommended reading.

 

Illustrations of the Symbols of Freemasonry

By: Jacob Ernst (Author)

Illustrations of the Symbols of Freemasonry is a collection of lectures by Jacob Ernst. As the author himself admitted, they were not originally intended for publication.

They began as a series of notes and sketches about the three degrees made during a period of unemployment. Having shared his efforts with his brethren, Ernst presented his lectures to the Fraternity in the winter of 1867 and at the request of the Vattier Lodge and Kilwinnig Chapter.

He was then requested to publish his lectures in book form. Originally published in 1868, Illustrations of the Symbols of Freemasonry remains a great source of information and light. It makes a great addition to any Masonic collection and is the perfect gift for the newly raised Master Mason.

 

The Spirit of Masonry

By: William Hutchinson (Author)

1775. An essential source for anyone interested in exploring the inner mysteries of the Masonic Fraternity.

Contents:

The Design; On the Rites,

Ceremonies and Institutions of the Ancients;

The Nature of the Lodge;

Furniture of the Lodge;

The Apparel and Jewels of Masons;

The Temple at Jerusalem; On Geometry;

The Master Mason’s Order;

The Secrecy of Masons;

On Charity;

On Brotherly Love;

On the Occupations of Masons;

A Corollary.

 

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