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?
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
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