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What is Freemasonry?

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Can anyone tell me what this Freemason thing is all about?
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Freemasonry or Masonry consists of fraternal organisations that trace their origins to the local fraternities of stonemasons, which from the end of the fourteenth century regulated the qualifications of stonemasons and their interaction with authorities and clients. The degrees of freemasonry retain the three grades of medieval craft guilds, those of Apprentice, Journeyman or fellow (now called Fellowcraft), and Master Mason. These are the degrees offered by Craft (or Blue Lodge) Freemasonry. Members of these organisations are known as Freemasons or Masons. There are additional degrees, which vary with locality and jurisdiction, and are usually administered by different bodies than the craft degrees.

The basic, local organisational unit of Freemasonry is the Lodge. The Lodges are usually supervised and governed at the regional level (usually coterminous with either a state, province, or national border) by a Grand Lodge or Grand Orient. There is no international, worldwide Grand Lodge that supervises all of Freemasonry; each Grand Lodge is independent, and they do not necessarily recognise each other as being legitimate.

Modern Freemasonry broadly consists of two main recognition groups. Regular Freemasonry insists that a volume of scripture is open in a working lodge, that every member profess belief in a Supreme Being, that no women are admitted, and that the discussion of religion and politics is banned. Continental Freemasonry is now the general term for the"liberal" jurisdictions who have removed some, or all, of these restrictions.
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They are a secret society. I've watched a tv special on them and their history on the Discovery Channel and it was interesting.
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The Freemasons have long been seen as a shadowy organization - accused of plotting to take over the world. But very few can describe who they are and what they actually do with any accuracy or confidence.
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Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organizations, according to the United Grand Lodge of England’s website.
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Some high profile Masons reportedly included Winston Churchill, the Duke of Wellington, Lord Kitchener, Kings Edward VII, Edward VIII and George VI and Prince Philip.
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According to the United Grand Lodge of England’s website, it teaches"self-knowledge through participation in a progression of ceremonies” and “is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values”.
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Masons call each other brothers because they believe they are all equal and work on themselves to make"good men better". Through charitable work, they climb up the hierarchy and wear traditional regalia which indicates the rank of the wearer in the organization.
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Entry is restricted to men only - above the age of 21"regardless of ethnic group, political views, economic standing or religion although he is expected to have a faith". Male students who are 18 or over can join one of 55 University Lodges. There are two Lodges for women and a co-mason Lodge which admits both men and women.
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Freemasons and candidates must undergo two highly secretive rites of initiation named"Heredom of Kilwinning" and ‘Knight Of The Rosy Cross". There is an initiation fee on entry and in addition, an annual subscription.
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Freemasonry is the oldest, largest and most widely recognized fraternal organization in the world. Founded in London, England in 1717, its current worldwide membership totals 3.6 million members, 1.6 million of which are in North America.
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As a fraternal organization, Freemasonry unites men of good character who, though of different religious, ethnic, or social backgrounds, share a belief in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of mankind.
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The traditions of Freemasonry are founded upon the building of King Solomon’s Temple, and its fraternal ceremonies use the working tools of the stonemasons to symbolize moral lessons and truths. For example, Masons are reminded at Lodge to “meet upon the level of equality, act by the plumb of uprightness, and part upon the square of virtue.”
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Like most organizations, one will get out of Freemasonry what he is able to put into it. However, membership in Freemasonry is not meant in any way to interfere with an individual’s commitment to his faith, family, or occupation. Freemasonry is not and never can be a replacement for these important institutions, but rather it is a positive environment that reminds every Mason of his duty to God, his community, his family and himself.
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Freemasonry provides opportunities for sincere, honest, forthright men who believe in God and desire to contribute to the improvement of their communities and themselves. Through our Masonic Fraternalism, we reaffirm our dedication and unity to become involved citizens who have a strong desire to preserve the values that have made and continue to make America great.
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I've watched a documentary about Freemasons before. There were things they couldn't expose because it was sacred for the organization.
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Freemasonry is a worldwide fraternal organization. Its members are joined together by shared ideals of both a moral and metaphysical nature, and, in most of its branches, by a common belief in a Supreme Being.
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Freemasonry is an esoteric art, in that certain aspects of its internal work are not generally revealed to the public. Masons give numerous reasons for this, one of which is that Freemasonry uses an initiatory system of degrees to explore ethical and philosophical issues, and this system is less effective if the observer knows beforehand what will happen. It often calls itself"a peculiar system of morality veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols."
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The Freemasons rely heavily on the architectural symbolism of the medieval operative Masons who actually worked in stone. One of their principal symbols is the square and compasses, tools of the trade, so arranged as to form a quadrilateral. The square is sometimes said to represent matter, and the compasses spirit or mind.
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Much of Masonic symbolism is mathematical in nature, and in particular geometrical, which is probably a reason Freemasonry has attracted so many rationalists. No particular metaphysical theory is advanced by Freemasonry, however, although there seems to be some influence from the Pythagoreans, from Neo-Platonism, and from early modern Rationalism.
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