Frequently Asked Questions about Masonry
A Brief Explanation of Freemasonry in question form.
What is Masonry?
"Masonry" or "Freemasonry" is called the world's oldest and largest fraternity.
It started in the medieval trade guilds of stonemasons. Masonic groups are called lodges
What is the mission of Masonry?
Freemasonry's singular purpose is to make good men better. For nearly three
hundred years it has attracted men of high moral character who support the
tenets of temperance, fortitude, prudence and justice.
What are the most common Masonry symbols?
The most widely used symbols of Freemasonry are the tools of the stonemason -- a square
When and where was Masonry first recorded?
The organization was formally created in London in 1717, and quickly
spread to the American colonies and across Europe.
Is Masonry a religon?
Freemasonry is neither a forum nor a place of worship. It is not a religion
nor does it teach a religious philosophy. Freemasonry is not affiliated with
any religious group, but members are required to profess belief in a supreme
Is Masonry a Secret Society?
Freemasonry has been called a secret society and even a political conspiracy
or religious cult. But Masons believe that what little secrecy they have is
simply so members of the fraternity can identify each other by things like handshakes
and passwords. The rituals of Masonic Lodge meetings are used to
reinforce the central values of the organization, such as morality and belief in a
Supreme Being. Many Masonic activities (especially charitable works) are open to the
How about Masonic Lodges and Politics?
Masonic lodges do not support political campaigns, and they discourage political discussion
inside the lodge.
Who can become Masons?
Men who are Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, and Parsees have become Freemasons. Masonic
ritual refers to the supreme being as the "Great Architect of the Universe",
to avoid disharmony between different religions.
Have there been some famous Masons?
There are many notable Freemasons. Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, astronaut
Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin, writer Leo Tolstoy, comedian Richard Pryor,
and at least 14 U.S. presidents, including George Washington.
These are just a few questions you might have about Freemasonry.
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