Episode 203 – The Origins of Freemasonry

Where did Freemasonry come from? How did it emerge? No one knows for sure, but several origin theories exist. This week, the hosts of The Masonic Roundtable discuss the various Masonic origin theories that have emerged and lend their thoughts to the validity of the same.

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4 Responses

  1. Jack Harley says:

    On the subject of masonic charity weather in the US or the UK or anywhere else wouldn’t it be more appropriate if we factor in all of the charitable giving of all the men who are masons to all of the Charities that receive that money?

    Freemasonry is an institution which teaches its members to be charitable.

  2. Jeff says:

    Love the show, thank you for continuing to show up week after week!

    If you have the time, please post the book recommendations mentioned in the podcast.

    Thank you, Jeffrey

  3. Jack Harley says:

    On the subject of the origins of Freemasonry all five of these theories are not mutually exclusive. In fact when viewed from a middle-distance they each dovetail together to create a perfect timeline from the first Workman who stacked one stone on another to the temple Builders of Egypt and Rome through the Dark Ages where knowledge was lost in the west but flourished in Asia Minor. Then the Templars moving to the holy lands and bringing back with them mathematics and geometry creating the trade guilds that built Scotland and England. then Shaw begins to bring order from the chaos and learned men begin to participate in the craft Lodge. Then they put it all into a form drawing from their Rich knowledge of Greece and Rome and Israel to create the rituals we have today. And then as the British Empire encompassed the world it took masonry with it to protect its commercial interests.

    I believe each one of the theories you’ve proposed is correct but not in singular. They all come together to create the tapestry that we have today

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