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Steven Tsoukalas Masonic Rites and Wrongs

Steven Tsoukalas Masonic Rites and Wrongs

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Published by Phillip Stilley
MASONIC RITES AND WRONGS
AN EXAMINATION OF FREEMASONRY
Steven Tsoukalas

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Preface Introduction PART ONE: THE BLUE LODGE 1. 2. 3. 4. Is Freemasonry a Religion? The Entered Apprentice Degree The Fellow Craft and Master Mason Degrees The Masonic Burial Service PART TWO: THE SCOTTISH RITE 5. An Introduction to the Scottish Rite 6. The Lodge of Perfection: The Continuing Legend of Hiram and the Ineffable Name o
MASONIC RITES AND WRONGS
AN EXAMINATION OF FREEMASONRY
Steven Tsoukalas

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P.O.BOX 817 * PHILLIPSBURG * NEW JERSEY 08865-0817

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CONTENTS
Preface Introduction PART ONE: THE BLUE LODGE 1. 2. 3. 4. Is Freemasonry a Religion? The Entered Apprentice Degree The Fellow Craft and Master Mason Degrees The Masonic Burial Service PART TWO: THE SCOTTISH RITE 5. An Introduction to the Scottish Rite 6. The Lodge of Perfection: The Continuing Legend of Hiram and the Ineffable Name o

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M
ASONIC
R
ITES
AND
W
RONGS
A
N
E
XAMINATION
OF
F
REEMASONRY
Steven
Tsoukalas
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P.O.BOX 817 * PHILLIPSBURG* NEW JERSEY 08865-0817
 
C
ONTENTS
Preface Introduction
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.6.7.8.
9.
PART ONE: THE BLUE LODGE
Is Freemasonry a Religion?
17
The Entered Apprentice Degree
43
The Fellow Craft and Master Mason Degrees
68
The Masonic Burial Service
100
PART TWO: THE SCOTTISH RITE
An Introduction to the Scottish RiteThe Lodge of Perfection: The Continuing Legend of Hiram andthe Ineffable Name of DeityThe Chapter of Rose Croix: Blending Christianity withOther Religions
127135
158
The Council of Kadosh: Made Holy by the Lodge
177
The Consistory: The Holy Doctrine and the Royal Secret214
Conclusion Appendix: An Approach to Sharing with Masons
Select Bibliography
 Index
ix225
227229237
 
C
HAPTER
1
F
REEMASONRY
A
R
ELIGION?
“The fact that so many clergymen of 
diflerent 
denominations can be Masons and 
 find 
no
conflict 
in carrying on their duties is proof enough that Freemasonry is not a religion.
-Alphonse
Cerza,
“Let There Be Light”:A Study in Anti-MasonryIt is the proverbial sixty-four-thousand-dollar question: Is Freemasonry a
religion or isn’t it? Though a few Masons believe that Freemasonry is a reli-
gion, the overwhelming majority of Masons do not. This chapter demon-
strates that Freemasonry is indeed a religion. To do so we must define
religion,
note the essential characteristics of a religion, and then, using Blue Lodge
rituals from the United States, Canada, and Europe, show how Freemasonry
meets these criteria for being a religion. Blue Lodge (or Symbolic Lodge)
rituals will be cited because every Mason, whether he later proceeds to Scot-
tish Bite or York Rite’, must pass through Blue
Lodge.
2
The
first
section,however, will feature the opinions of various
Masons.
3
What Do Masons Say?
Most Masons say that their Craft is not a religion but simply a fraternal orderdedicated to performing good deeds of service and to making good men bet-ter. For example, the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts states,
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