What Do Freemasons Actually Believe?

You do not hear much about them now, but for decades, if not centuries, fraternal societies were as much a part of the fabric of daily life for many adults as driving kids to soccer practice and scheduling play dates are today. TV, and later the COVID-19 pandemic, greatly impacted the importance of societies such as the Oddfellows, the Elks, and the Freemasons. Yet, for the longest time, one’s fraternal society was a source of friendship, social capital, and the basis for one’s charitable work.

One fraternal society that has attracted its share of controversy over the decades has been the Masons. On the surface, they appear to be a group of (usually old) men who meet at the lodge to play cards and enjoy a tall, cold one, but for centuries, both church officials and the general public were concerned about the Masons. That’s because the organization has always been shrouded in secrecy, as noted in the question-and-answer column The Straight Dope, with rumors of pagan rituals, quasi-polytheistic beliefs, and to hear some tell it, a tendency to secretly pull the strings of government, finance, and world domination. That, or they really are just a bunch of men enjoying each other’s company and doing good charitable work, with their purported rituals and beliefs confined to some ancient tome stuck in the lodge’s library, gathering dust.

Most Masons probably don't believe what Masons believe

The group that eventually came to be known as the Freemasons and take on the role of a fraternal society not unlike the Elks or the Oddfellows likely began as a trade guild, according to The Straight Dope. At the time, the secrecy that governed the society’s existence was likely at least partially due to the need to keep outsiders from learning valuable trade skills — masonry specifically. As The Vintage News explained, the group allowed members who professed a belief in God, regardless of their more specific religious affiliation. This was problematic for the Catholic Church, as that type of thing just would not do.

That was centuries ago, of course. These days, Masons are required to profess belief in a higher power — the “Grand Architect of the Universe,” or for the individual Mason, the god of their own religion — in order to join the group or stay in it. This belief system, known as Deism, has put the society at odds with the Catholic Church for centuries, and for a while, Freemasonry was outright banned. However, The Straight Dope also notes that when a Mason achieves the highest rank, the tea is spilled about what the group actually believes, and that “god” is actually Jahbulon, an amalgam of a (the) Hebrew God, a Canaanite god, and an Egyptian one.

Of course, few, if any, Masons actually believe all or any of that, according to The Straight Dope. “Few [Masons] take the rituals literally,” author Cecil Adams wrote.

Masons promoted brotherhood and denounced royalty

All the secrecy and initiation rituals of Freemasonry helped promote the “brotherhood of man,” an aspect made clearer by the overwhelmingly male membership of the Masons — women were only allowed recently, through off-shoot chapters (via Live Science). In the past, Masons were anti-monarchy and pro-republic and constitutional government, which explains why Founding Fathers such as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin were part of the shadowy club. This followed a shift away from stone masonry around the 17th century to a society of wealthy, educated gentlemen discussing the latest trends in philosophy, like a book club for morality. It was also the time when the society became entwined with Deistic beliefs, suggesting that the “Grand Architect of the Universe” was just that, a god-like being that created the world but has no further influence in its existence.

Masonic lodges, particularly the more traditional ones, struggle for morality in terms of membership, however. Many conventional lodges refuse to accept anyone who is not a white male, a struggle that continues to this day. Women and minorities run their own Masonic lodges, completely separated from the traditional bands of old white men. It’s a strange, archaic unwritten rule — while women were initially barred in the society’s original rules, there is nothing regarding race — that sours the Freemason’s modern reputation. With many rituals purely for show, and the meaning of their group’s many symbols up for debate, belief in the Masonic Code has become far from dogmatic. It is a place to meet and bond and promote brotherhood and charity — whenever it is convenient for members.

58 thoughts on “What Do Freemasons Actually Believe?

  1. Aztneu says:

    order fenofibrate pill fenofibrate cost order fenofibrate 160mg generic

  2. Plodad says:

    order tadalafil online cheap viagra 100mg pill brand name viagra

  3. Gmdowb says:

    buy ketotifen 1mg online geodon 40mg cheap order tofranil online cheap

  4. Eljqaq says:

    order generic minoxidil buy flomax generic pills for ed

  5. Ivukdd says:

    acarbose 25mg usa brand acarbose 25mg purchase griseofulvin pills

  6. Jvlsnl says:

    aspirin 75 mg oral buy cheap zovirax imiquimod brand

  7. Txkibp says:

    brand dipyridamole buy plendil 10mg generic pravachol medication

  8. Lyhjuc says:

    melatonin 3 mg pill danazol 100 mg brand generic danocrine 100 mg

  9. Woofsz says:

    dydrogesterone 10 mg drug buy duphaston generic purchase jardiance without prescription

  10. Fvifjj says:

    order florinef 100 mcg pills generic bisacodyl 5 mg loperamide 2mg without prescription

  11. Kfodjf says:

    buy etodolac generic order mebeverine generic brand pletal

  12. Vznosz says:

    order prasugrel 10mg generic order detrol 2mg for sale tolterodine 1mg without prescription

  13. Lzetuk says:

    order generic ferrous sulfate 100mg order ascorbic acid 500 mg sale buy sotalol 40mg online cheap

  14. Bvfelc says:

    buy generic enalapril buy vasotec pills buy duphalac bottles

  15. Khqpuz says:

    purchase zovirax without prescription buy zovirax eye drop buy exelon no prescription

  16. Bfmdce says:

    buy premarin pills cost premarin buy viagra pill

  17. Hrpoqk says:

    order generic prilosec buy prilosec without prescription lopressor pill

  18. Tslkri says:

    buy telmisartan 80mg pill hydroxychloroquine over the counter molnupiravir cheap

  19. Cavimn says:

    cialis 5mg cheap generic cialis cost female viagra sildenafil

  20. Txqpfd says:

    order cenforce 50mg online cheap cenforce brand aralen usa

  21. Jhxczi says:

    order famotidine generic cozaar online order tacrolimus 5mg cheap

  22. Gkdmew says:

    buy astelin 10 ml sprayer buy astelin sale buy avapro 300mg online cheap

  23. Xrkdhn says:

    buy esomeprazole 40mg pills remeron 30mg without prescription buy generic topamax online

  24. Lvtzgt says:

    order sumatriptan 25mg sale levaquin online purchase avodart sale

  25. Zuemvv says:

    purchase zyloprim generic order crestor pill rosuvastatin 10mg sale

  26. Jghxcw says:

    zantac us ranitidine where to buy cost celecoxib

  27. Cskwnv says:

    buy buspar 10mg pills buspar price amiodarone 100mg generic

  28. Upadxw says:

    flomax 0.4mg over the counter purchase tamsulosin zocor price

  29. Dthcks says:

    buy motilium tablets sumycin 500mg pills tetracycline 250mg cost

  30. Xwhayv says:

    spironolactone 100mg cheap purchase finpecia pills proscar 1mg us

  31. Kxjnic says:

    paper writer buy an essay paper essay edit

  32. Ozphbs says:

    forcan online fluconazole 100mg ca ciprofloxacin us

  33. Fxaqcg says:

    sildenafil 100mg pills estrace online order buy estradiol cheap

  34. Qbzxvu says:

    purchase flagyl pill brand keflex cephalexin tablet

  35. Kjecyt says:

    lamictal 200mg canada purchase lamictal for sale vermox over the counter

  36. Yemnyn says:

    order cleocin 300mg without prescription order erythromycin 500mg pill buy fildena no prescription

  37. Fdlcel says:

    buy tretinoin online cheap order tadalafil 10mg online buy avanafil 200mg online cheap

  38. Sgpyzj says:

    nolvadex uk buy nolvadex online buy budesonide online

  39. Cmazns says:

    tadalafil 10mg generic buy indomethacin 75mg online purchase indomethacin generic

  40. Nibuyf says:

    buy cefuroxime pills for sale cost methocarbamol where can i buy methocarbamol

  41. Zowkyp says:

    buy generic trazodone 100mg order clindac a sale clindac a canada

  42. Iwrsel says:

    lamisil over the counter slots real money that roulette

  43. Xkdppw says:

    buy aspirin online gambling meaning online slots real money usa

  44. Skaubx says:

    do my research paper cefixime 200mg canada suprax 100mg cheap

  45. Dilbhm says:

    pay to do assignment is online gambling illegal poker sites

  46. Tpmqvo says:

    buy amoxicillin generic order arimidex pill where can i buy clarithromycin

  47. Xowfzy says:

    rocaltrol pills fenofibrate online buy fenofibrate 160mg cost

  48. Eycbvb says:

    catapres brand clonidine order where can i buy spiriva

  49. Emuulm says:

    adult acne medication at ulta best acne treatment teen boys order oxcarbazepine 600mg online cheap

  50. Nxwhtk says:

    buy minocycline paypal terazosin 1mg generic buy ropinirole 2mg pills

  51. Mvnfxy says:

    alfuzosin 10mg sale off label anti nausea medication heartburn after swallowing pill

  52. Bkrxgv says:

    sleep prescription online get ambien prescription online best weight loss pills for women over 50

  53. Frzmbu says:

    femara cheap oral abilify 30mg buy aripiprazole without a prescription

  54. Mqqesn says:

    nicotine medication for quitting tobacco effective medication for bone pain strong painkillers online

  55. Eyzedk says:

    buy medroxyprogesterone 5mg online cheap buy generic medroxyprogesterone 5mg order hydrochlorothiazide 25mg

  56. Hayedc says:

    herpes meds over the counter pre diabetic pills types of diabetic pills

  57. Jfunqz says:

    order periactin pill buy ketoconazole 200mg generic ketoconazole 200mg uk

  58. Dovthc says:

    fungus clear fix reviews can you cure herpes 1 online appointment for blood pressure

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *