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Robinson's A Pilgrim's Path attempts to address the concerns of Christian fundamentalists, assuring them that there is nothing of an esoteric or occult nature within Freemasonry. While I certainly believe that Christians may rightly and comfortably be Freemasons, to divorce the Masonic traditions from mysticism and the occult seems foolish to me. I can respect that Robinson wishes to defend Freemasonry from unfounded attacks as being "Satanic" or "evil", but in doing so, I believe he has misrepresented much of the tradition, and perhaps even gives the impression of covering something up.
I think that A Pilgrim's Path is a much better book, and Robinson did understand and appreciate the political implications of Freemasonry. However, I found his criticism of Pike to be condescending (and unjustifiable) and his hand-wringing over the anti-Masons to be essentially meaningless. Anti-Masonry is not the cause of the decline in Masonic membership. Masons who rush to disown historically important elements of the Tradition because they fear the irrelevant opinions of religious bigots are not doing the fraternity any favors. So my recommendation is always to direct Masonic readers toward either 1) legitimate history, such as we see in Ars Quatuor Coronatorum, Heredom, and good authors like David Stevenson; and 2) traditional symbolism and philosophy... the Masonic standards like Pike, Mackey, Anderson, Preston, Oliver, Wilmshurst and others. Even the "other traditions first, Masonry second" philosophical authors like Réne Guénon, Manly P. Hall, and C. W. Leadbeater are more worthwhile reading than most modern material. Finally, Colin Dyer and W. Kirk MacNulty, to name two contemporary authors, will be more rewarding than books like Born in Blood.
I think Mackey's Masonic Encylopedia is great read for someone wanting to learn about freemasonry and as a reference to refer to as needed.
At the time in history Robinson is investigating, all states were tied to a state religion, and any who disagreed with the state religion was condemned to death.
(if you didn't know it, all Saudi Arabians are Muslim according to that state, and it is against the law to change your religion in Saudi Arabia.)
This was the same state of affairs in the western world until about 250 years ago, give or take. And truth be told freedom of religion is still seriously under threat.
So why, when the American revolution happed and the birth of a new country was it so important to make sure that all Americans could freely practice what ever religion they wished.
Why were great masons like George Washington so careful not to give any religious group preference. Brother George always referred to God as Deity or Providence.
Do mason come from Knights Templar? Who cares... But why does Masonry stand for Freedom of self determination. That is truly a question worth pondering. It seems to me, that the major issues that most large organized religions have against masons, is that Masons can come together with our fellow men, meet on the level and not require them to change one part of their belief in god to that of our other members. Because if you were to spend time in their presents, changing your beliefs to fit theirs one of their most important tasks.
I believe that Robinson makes some progress on digging at that import piece of masonry. A foundation stone of Masonry that is constantly under threat from radicals that want to control the lives of all people for their own aims.
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