ORIGINS OF FREEMASONRY

Explore the Origins of the Royal Art

The true origin of Freemasonry is unknown, lost in time. There are a good number of historians with diverse opinions, each vehemently supporting his or her own belief. We are making history every day, but its effects will mostly be evident years from now. "The truth" will be colored by each perceiver. So, we can talk of some events in our history, but we never really know the underlying current that for years worked to precipitate the moment. We have to trust that there is a Plan of Evolution, and a Tracing Board, for Humanity, and that we are but a speck within the current of life - evolving and cooperating with the big scheme.

In Albert G. Mackey's 33o, Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, he states: " The origin and source whence first sprang the institution of Freemasonry, such as we now have it, has given rise to more difference of opinion and discussions among Masonic scholars than any other topic in the literature of the institution." Though Universal Co-Masonry does not endorse the conclusions of Albert Mackey, his writings are considered scholarly and detailed. The following are his views on the various origins of Freemasonry:

KING SOLOMON'S TEMPLE

Explore the Temple Legend which traces the Origin of Freemasonry to the Building of that Edifice.

THE ASTROLOGERS

Trace the origin of Freemasonry to a society of Philosophers organized in 1646

THE LEGEND OF THE TEMPLE

The Temple of God and the Resting Place of the Ark


THE ESSENES

Analyze the chronological sequence connecting the Freemasons to the Jewish Sect of the Essenes.

EARLY MASONRY IN BRITAIN

Masonry at the Beginning England

FREEMASONRY AMONG THE ANGLO-SAXONS

The Masonry of the Early Britons


THE ANCIENT MYSTERIES

Investigate the link between the Rituals, Legends, and Practices of the Mysteries and Modern Freemasonry.

EARLY MASONRY IN FRANCE

Masonry Among the Gauls

NOAH AND THE NOACHITES

Prophet of God and Savior of Life


PYTHAGORAS

Trace the threads connecting Freemasonry to Pythagoras and his School in Crotona, Italy.

THE LEGEND OF CHARLES MARTEL AND NAMUS GRECUS

Charles Martel and the Mystery of Namus Grecus

THE OLD MANUSCRIPTS

The Ancient Texts of Masonic Legend


GNOSTICISM

Examine the hypotheses tying Freemasonry to the Gnostic Christian Tradition.

THE LEGEND OF THE CRAFT

The Ancient of Craft Masonry

THE ROMAN COLLEGES OF ARTIFICERS

The Early Guilds of Antiquity


DRUIDISM

Explore proofs that the Science of Masonry was known to the Early Britons, known as Druids.

THE LEGEND OF THE DIONYSIAC ARTIFICERS

An Ancient Fraternity of Divinely Inspired Builders

THE SOCINIANS AND FREEMASONRY

A Secret Society of Venetian Deniers


THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR

Investigate the histories linking the The Knights Templar and Freemasonry in Scotland.

THE LEGEND OF ENOCH

The Ancient Sage Who Walked With God

THE TOWER OF BABEL

The Tower of Babel: Arrogance or Great Achievement?


ROSICRUCIANISM

Review the theories drawing together Freemasonry and the Rosicrucian philosophy.

THE LEGEND OF HIRAM ABIFF

The Widow's Son, Slain By Assassins

THE YORK LEGEND

The Masonic Legend of York


OPERATIVE MASONS

Explore the evidence detailing the relationship between the Operative Masons of the Middle Ages and Freemasons.

THE LEGEND OF NIMROD

Nimrod, Ancient Patriarch and Architect

Tradition and History in Freemasonry

History and Tradition as Pillars of Freemasonry


OLIVER CROMWELL

Analyze the connection between Freemasonry and the Dynasty of the Stuarts.

THE LEGEND OF ST. ALBAN

St. Alban, Martyred Mystic of Old

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THE ROYAL SOCIETY

Test the hypothesis that Freemasonry was created in 17th century by an organization called the Royal Society.

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