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Freemasonry: An Introduction

by Mark E. Koltko-Rivera, Ph.D.

An experienced Freemason and award-winning psychologist provides a precise and engaging exploration of the core philosophy and practices of Freemasonry–and how the orders esoteric symbols and ideas can guide today’s generation. Popular books and movies often depict Freemasonry as a shadowy, mysterious, and possibly sinister organization, while TV and magazine specials on Masonry frequently leave us with more questions than answers, and without a clear understanding of how to sort myth from fact.

Mark E. Koltko-Rivera, a practicing Master Mason, has created a simple, authoritative, and accessible introduction to the history, rites, and meaning of Freemasonry. It may be the single most reliable short guide to Masonry, written by a widely recognized psychologist and scholar of esoteric history. Whether you are interested in becoming a Freemason yourself, or simply want to learn more about this fascinating subculture, Koltko-Rivera’s trustworthy guide explores all the basic issues around Masonry.

Contents

  • Chapter 1: Freemasonry: What It Is.
  • Chapter 2: Why Men Become Freemasons. (Why do men become involved in Freemasonry in the first place? What do Masons get from their involvement in Freemasonry? What changes does it make in their inner and outer lives?)
  • Chapter 3: How Freemasonry Works. (What is it like to participate in the initiatory rituals of Freemasonry? How does this differ across the different rites or orders of Masonry?)
  • Chapter 4: Masonic Symbolism
  • Chapter 5: How Freemasonry Began
  • Chapter 6: Masonic Controversies
  • Chapter 7: Anti-Masonry: Accusations Versus Truths
  • Chapter 8: Freemasonry in Fiction: Myth Versus Reality
  • Chapter 9: How to Become a Freemason
  • Chapter 10: Learning More About Freemasonry
  • Glossary of Masonic Terms

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