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The Builders A Story and Study of Masonry   By: (1876-1950)

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The Builders: A Story and Study of Masonry by Joseph Fort Newton is an intriguing exploration into the world of Freemasonry. This book provides a unique blend of storytelling and scholarly analysis to shed light on the history, principles, and symbolism of this ancient fraternity.

One of the book's strengths is its narrative approach. Newton weaves together a series of engaging stories about the lives of various notable Freemasons throughout history. From King Solomon and Pythagoras to George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, the author skillfully connects Freemasonry to the lives and accomplishments of these influential figures. These stories not only make for an entertaining read but also offer valuable insights into the impact of Freemasonry on the world.

However, this book goes beyond mere storytelling and delves deeper into the philosophical and symbolic aspects of Freemasonry. Newton explores the origins of the fraternity, tracing its roots back to antiquity, and examines its evolution throughout different historical periods. By providing a comprehensive understanding of its history, the author effectively highlights Freemasonry's longstanding place in human civilization.

The book also delves into the examination of the symbolism and rituals peculiar to Freemasonry. Newton demystifies the esoteric aspects of the craft, explaining the symbolism of various Masonic tools, degrees, and ceremonies. Through his lucid explanations, he offers readers a profound understanding of the moral and spiritual teachings within Freemasonry.

Another notable quality of this book is its balance between reverence and objectivity. Newton, himself a Freemason, approaches the subject matter with deep respect and admiration. However, he also maintains an objective viewpoint, addressing criticisms and controversies surrounding the fraternity. This balanced approach enhances the credibility of the book, making it an invaluable resource for those looking to gain a comprehensive understanding of Freemasonry.

While The Builders: A Story and Study of Masonry offers a wealth of knowledge about Freemasonry, it may not be suitable for readers seeking a more beginner-friendly introduction. The book assumes a basic familiarity with Freemasonry and can be quite dense at times, especially during its more scholarly chapters. Nonetheless, for those willing to invest their time and attention, this book offers a rewarding journey into the world of Freemasonry.

In conclusion, Joseph Fort Newton's The Builders: A Story and Study of Masonry is a captivating and informative book that provides readers with a comprehensive understanding of the history, philosophy, and symbolism of Freemasonry. With its intriguing storytelling, scholarly analysis, and balanced approach, this book will undoubtedly prove valuable to Freemasons, history enthusiasts, and those interested in exploring the hidden depths of secret societies.

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/$ Transcriber's Note: Inconsistent hyphenation matches the original document. A number of obvious typographical errors have been corrected in this text. For a complete list, please see the bottom of this document. $/




When I was a King and a Mason A master proved and skilled, I cleared me ground for a palace Such as a King should build. I decreed and cut down to my levels, Presently, under the silt, I came on the wreck of a palace Such as a King had built! KIPLING



First Printing, December, 1914 $/

/$ To The Memory of THEODORE SUTTON PARVIN Founder of the Library of the Grand Lodge of Iowa, with Reverence and Gratitude; to LOUIS BLOCK Past Grand Master of Masons in Iowa, dear Friend and Fellow worker, who initiated and inspired this study, with Love and Goodwill; and to the YOUNG MASONS Our Hope and Pride, for whom this book was written With Fraternal Greeting $/


Fourteen years ago the writer of this volume entered the temple of Freemasonry, and that date stands out in memory as one of the most significant days in his life... Continue reading book >>

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