How to modernize today’s Freemasonry? Is there a need for modernization or we cannot modernize Masonry to cater to the wimps of every new(er) generation. Because it worked well for ages… or did it? Read in details about the “proletarianization” of the American and Canadian Freemasonry!
I grew up in a place where Masonry was illegal – forbidden. It could have meant even jail time. Sometimes it was cautiously whispered that this great poet or that writer, philosopher or outstanding figure in history was a member of a lodge, without going into details what that meant. It made my young mind, curious – although there was no place where to turn for answers. Furthermore, I didn’t come from a family with the usual background to be a Mason.
This was the sensational discovery presented at this year’s Sankey Lecture in Masonic Studies. Professor Andrew Prescott of the Glasgow University had a captivating story to tell and shattered our idea of having certain knowledge regarding the beginnings of the Craft.
Now, if this detail proved to be untrue… how much can we trust Anderson’s history in general?
Ferenc Kazinczy joined a Masonic lodge years before he was sentenced to death, later commuted to imprisonment for the participation in the Martinovics conspiracy. When it comes about brethren from my mother lodge in Budapest and from the Hungarian Symbolic Grand Lodge in general, there is one rule and promise I’ve made that I take very, very seriously…
I can’t really recall the other questions, but I clearly remember one of the board members asking me if I knew the knocks on the door in first degree. I do, I replied, only tell me, do you want to hear the knocks from my mother lodge or those from the Canadian/Ontario lodges? Because they are not the same…
So the foreigner begins the research, reads even more ancient texts and old versions of the “Work”, different rituals used in different jurisdictions and puts together the picture, the proverbial big picture about the changes occurred in the texts… which we, allegedly
In the present days we like to brag that Freemasonry is universal, that our candidates can be of any religion or faith, as long as they believe in the existence of a (the?) Supreme Being. He can worship that Being
Today, we are lacking the classical education, so it becomes less and less clear what an allegory and what a symbol is. However, we do sense and understand the one thing they have in common: they stand for something, they represent something that is behind. They are not the “real” thing that is to be known or learned about – they are just a prop, if you wish. Stand-in, the movie people would say…
Ever since people – inside and outside of the lodges – began to write about Masonry they always tried to capture
Obviously, if there was an enlightenment at a certain point in the timeline of the European history, it had to come as a reaction to a darker period of the human existence. Indeed, we often refer to the Dark Ages
Once, as a fresh mason, I was asked to arrange and catalog the many Masonic books and magazines that arrived as gifts to the recently formed Grand Lodge where I belonged. For this, it would have been enough to read