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Re: “On The Level

This is a bit late on the draw, but some folks might benefit from knowing that there are several orders of Freemasonry in the world. Mainstream Masonry in the USA, often times called Blue Lodge, "Antient", or Anglo-American Masonry, requires belief in a supreme being to become a member. " Antient" Masons also place emphasis on the immortality of the soul and use religious texts in the Lodge (usually the Bible), as their "volume of the sacred law" on the altar. The Grand Lodge of Idaho is part of this mainstream order.

However, there are several other Modern orders of Freemasonry that do not have this "God" requirement, are truly secular, and uphold the principle of absolute freedom of conscience (thought, expression, speech, etc). In other words, as non-dogmatic orders, they accept, in the strict sense of the terms, members of good ethical character, regardless of race, nationality, religion, or lack thereof. This means that Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, atheists, agnostics, free thinkers, humanists, etc, are all “on the level”. Members are free to hold whatever metaphysical or philosophical beliefs they deem appropriate, as this is deemed irrelevant to good character.

One such Modern Masonic order is the Grand Orient of France, founded in 1733, and derived from the Grand Lodge of England (1717) from which "Antient" Masonry derived. In fact, the Grand Lodge of England was a Modern Lodge. However, mainstream "antient" Freemasonry, as a closed system, does not recognize these other orders of Freemasonry. Modern Freemasonry, as is other progressive independent Masonic orders, are thriving in Europe and are now growing in the USA. This also includes co-gender Freemasonry.

More on the Grand Orient of France at…

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Posted by secular_humanist on 11/18/2009 at 4:26 PM

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