Book Review – Weekly Masonic Doubts 

“István Horváth’s ‘Weekly Masonic Doubts’ provides a structured exploration into the depths of Masonic philosophy and practice, tailored for both initiates of the Masonic order and the curious outsider.

 

Horváth, engaging with the Cartesian principle of doubt as a pathway to knowledge, crafts a series of 52 contemplative essays—one for each week of the year—designed to provoke thought and discussion among his readers.

The book addresses a core challenge within Freemasonry: the interpretation of its rich yet often misunderstood traditions in the light of modernity. It serves as a guide to members as they navigate through existential inquiries and seek enlightenment within the Craft. Horváth’s methodical approach to doubt is not to undermine the Masonic journey but to strengthen the foundation upon which Masons build their understanding.

Beyond a mere handbook, this pocketbook encourages an open dialogue within the fraternity and provides insights into the contemporary dilemmas of Masonry. Its concise format and clear language mark a departure from the typically dense and esoteric texts on the subject, aiming to be accessible without sacrificing depth.

For the Mason, it promises to be an essential companion, enriching their weekly practices with fresh perspectives. For the non-Mason, it offers a rare window into the philosophical underpinnings of a historically secretive organization. Overall, ‘Weekly Masonic Doubts’ emerges as a significant contribution to Masonic literature, aiming to dispel shadows not with dogmatic assertions, but with the light of reasoned inquiry.”

“The way the author addresses masonry is refreshing. His European background brings a much needed cultural context to masonry which is relatively new in this part of Canada. Masonry as a way of thinking.”

Dale Graham – WM, Templum Lucis Lodge

“W. Bro. Horvath has an excellent reputation for being a very astute Masonic scholar and researcher and when W. Bro. Horvath says or writes something, one pays strict attention. If any brother wishes to broaden their Masonic horizons, then “Weekly Masonic Doubts” is an excellent place to start.”

Allison Growling – WM, Mercer Wilson Lodge

“Reading W. Bro. Istvan Horvath’s book “Weekly Masonic Doubts”, I realized that it broadened my thinking of Masonry that I have not considered in the past. By doing so, I internally challenged some of those old personal views and traditions.”

Thomas A. Wills 33ᵒ,  – Lieutenant Grand Commander A.A.S.R. of Freemasonry of Canada

“The book was not at all what I was expecting. But, I loved it. I really, really, like the idea that it gives Brothers guided topics for their own individual contemplation, and I think it a superb way of educating Masons. I was also quite impressed with the topics selected for that contemplation.”

Cameron M. Bailey – Past Grand Master, Washington

“I like the style and the thought provoking chapters – in fact I can see me writing short lectures round many of the topics using the book’s prose as the basis of the lectures for our brethren…”

Mark Walton – Deputy Grand Master, Hungary

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

István Horváth

Mason on two continents and in different languages, István Horváth started his Masonic journey late: only after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, when Freemasonry became legal in the former Eastern Bloc in Europe.

Before moving to Canada where he’s settled now in Hamilton, Ontario, he worked as a journalist, and a few years ago he started to write and present lectures about the Craft in English.

The COVID years became more prolific than any other time, so he received invitations from many local and international groups and Masonic bodies to present papers researched and written during this period. He is a member of several Masonic research lodges and societies. Besides his keen interest in the Craft, he also blogs in English and Hungarian about public affairs.

This is his first book written and published in English.

 

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