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:
Explore the Temple Legend which traces the Origin of Freemasonry to the Building of that Edifice.
Trace the origin of Freemasonry to a society of Philosophers organized in 1646
The Temple of God and the Resting Place of the Ark
Analyze the chronological sequence connecting the Freemasons to the Jewish Sect of the Essenes.
Masonry at the Beginning England
The Masonry of the Early Britons
Investigate the link between the Rituals, Legends, and Practices of the Mysteries and Modern Freemasonry.
Masonry Among the Gauls
Prophet of God and Savior of Life
Trace the threads connecting Freemasonry to Pythagoras and his School in Crotona, Italy.
Charles Martel and the Mystery of Namus Grecus
The Ancient Texts of Masonic Legend
Examine the hypotheses tying Freemasonry to the Gnostic Christian Tradition.
The Ancient of Craft Masonry
The Early Guilds of Antiquity
Explore proofs that the Science of Masonry was known to the Early Britons, known as Druids.
An Ancient Fraternity of Divinely Inspired Builders
A Secret Society of Venetian Deniers
Investigate the histories linking the The Knights Templar and Freemasonry in Scotland.
The Ancient Sage Who Walked With God
The Tower of Babel: Arrogance or Great Achievement?
Review the theories drawing together Freemasonry and the Rosicrucian philosophy.
The Widow's Son, Slain By Assassins
The Masonic Legend of York
Explore the evidence detailing the relationship between the Operative Masons of the Middle Ages and Freemasons.
Nimrod, Ancient Patriarch and Architect
History and Tradition as Pillars of Freemasonry
Analyze the connection between Freemasonry and the Dynasty of the Stuarts.
St. Alban, Martyred Mystic of Old
Test the hypothesis that Freemasonry was created in 17th century by an organization called the Royal Society.
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