Several weeks ago, I received a long-awaited present to myself: Rob Morris’ The Poetry of Freemasonry, published in 1884 (for those of you who don’t know, I’m an avid collector of antique Masonic books). As I leafed through the pages in hopes of finding a good patriotic poem to read as part of this week’s Americana-themed episode of The Masonic Roundtable, I was caught by surprise when I found a Confederate twenty-dollar bill (printed in 1864) between the pages. On a whim, I took it down to a collectibles shop to verify the bill’s validity as counterfeits abound on today’s market. The shopkeeper, a large, loud, elderly gentleman, verified that the bill was indeed real, but quickly turned his undivided attention to my book inquired why I would purchase—much less own—such a thing. I told him that I was a Freemason who collected antique books on the subject. He quickly interjected: “So, do you have any of those antique Masonic books that tell you that Masonry was actually a CULT when it was first founded?!?” Partially out of shock, and partially out of pragmatism, I concluded that there was no point in arguing with him, and threw up my hands dismissively. He pointed an index finger squarely at my chest and said “Ah ha! Didn’t think about that, did you?” I thanked him for his time and walked out of the store. I won’t be returning.
For further reading on the subject of Christianity and Freemasonry, Jason recommends the following scholarly works:
- Workman Unashamed: The Testimony of a Christian Freemason by Christopher Haffner
- A Pilgrim’s Path: Freemasonry and the Religious Right by John J. Robinson
- Is It True What They Say About Freemasonry? By Arturo De Hoyos and S. Brent Morris