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What Is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is known as the worlds oldest, and probably the most well known fraternal order in existence. No one knows how far back, but documents dating back to the 14th century speak of it! The oldest is known as the Regius Manuscript. It was written in the year 1392. We are not a secret society per se, but a society with secrets. We only keep our methods of mutual recognition, and our methods of ritualistic teaching a secret.
How is Freemasonry Defined?
The most common definition can be found in Mackeys Revised Encyclopedia of Freemasonry. Mackey quotes, "Freemasonry is a beautiful system of morality, veiled in allegory, and illustrated by symbols"1. Brother Albert G. Mackey gave his own personal definition, thus: "A science which is engaged in the search after Divine Truth, and which employs symbolism as its method of instruction"2. Another definition by Dr. K. Bein, is "Freemasonry is that religious and mystical society whose aim is moral perfection on the basis of general equality and fraternity"3. It is only religious in that it requires a belief in a Supreme Being. It does not adhere to any particular faith or dogma. The Masonic order contributes Millions of dollars a year to charitable causes, but is not a charity in and of itself. Most people are familiar with the childrens hospitals funded by the Scottish Rite, and the burn and orthopedic hospitals funded by the Shriners. Here in Georgia, we have the Masonic Childrens Home, where we take care of children that have been orphaned, or that come from broken homes with nowhere to go. For further information, please go to the Grand Lodge of Georgia website.
1. Mackeys Revised Encyclopedia of Freemasonry; published by the Masonic History Company © 1909, seventh edition 1956, pp269.