>>282>It preaches another gospel. It observes other Idols.
Where?>When there is the masonic bible that makes it religious.
There is no Masonic Bible, though. Masonic lodges all have a Bible (usually a KJV, Catholic nations usually have a Catholic translation), so i guess that's where non-members get confused?>so it can be modified to the ancient mysteries
Nope. That would be contrary to Masonic teaching. That quote isn't wrong, but it's misunderstood. Masonry's primary instruction is for a man to be dutiful to his religion.>>283>Quite sure it is when you know which traditions refer to it
You really need to read the ceremonials. "Traveling east" is an inside joke referring to taking the role of WM (lodge president), which is situated in the east. Whereas the traveling thing itself comes from the SW and JW lines about searching east and west for that which was lost.>Nope. All are
Mithra could, depending on the usage. But to call Thor, Adonis, Bacchus, and Baal sun Gods is silly, since their respective pantheons already had other sun Gods.>And you're vaguely dismissive
Didn't mean to be dismissive. Just pointing out that you're saying that 2 came before 1. Masonry has those symbols found in the Vatican because that's the kind of place it got them from. Not the other way around.>Sure, and EASTERN mithraist phrygian cap was put there because it symbolizes freedom from slavery.
Probably.>dome of freemason constructed Capitol Building.
The architect wasn't a Freemason, though. It was inspired by the Roman pantheon, and apparently the Louvre.>Can you show me how I misinterpreted or misquoted the passage?
Because if you'd read it, you'd see he's talking about Freemasonry being some primordial religion, but that inspiration has always been present to those who look for it.>I find it quite solid
Why? It's self serving, and there's zero evidence to back it up.>especially coming from one of the most influential masonic writers and figures.
Pike? You think that applies to Pike? He's only influential to non-Masons. He actually wrote very little about Freemasonry, and instead focused on the A&AR (again, not Freemasonry) degrees he rewrote, which only applies to the Southern States in the USA. Nowhere else in the world.>Wasn't Morals and Dogma a sort of official handbook given to a mason after attaining certain degree or something?
A couple of Valley's gave it out to those who wanted it, but it stopped paying for itself, and the degrees were changed, so the book stopped applying. Bridge to Light is the new one. Much easier to read.>Has his authority been rejected or invalidated in any manner by Freemasonry at large?
Again, by the rest of the world? Yes. By the jurisdiction to which he belonged? A bit, since again they changed his work and fixed his mistakes.>But everything does.
In the definition I posted? If you really think it fits, you're an imbecile, or lying.>Apparently you have if you consider circumambulation, elevation of eastern direction, blackballing etc elements of philosophy rather than religious rituals.
Why do you keep bringing up the ballot process? Anyway, yea, it's entirely philosophical, as it's not a religious service. It's not done as part of a duty to God, but items to consider.
I guess you're an American, but even they don't normally struggle with such simple concepts.>It's pointless of me to regurgitate the book that I've posted.
Agreed. Holy Blood, Holy Grail is an academic laughing stock, which even the authors apologised for in their follow up work which entirely disproved it.