I dunno man; I'm not so sure about the conclusion the author of the article came to concerning the ancient landmarks. In the masonic jurisprudence book, it is clearly outlined in the introduction that there are hints carefully placed in the book that would help assist and guide the mason on his journey in the craft. Later, if memory serves, it defines a landmark by giving it the Biblical definition and quotes the text by stating "move not the landmark your fathers laid."
In this statement, we find the jurisprudence book giving us one of those hints; that it was the fathers who laid the landmarks. It then goes on to state clearly that while some of the landmarks are listed in the book on jurisrudence, many of the others were in the other earlier books (AND it specifically went on to mention another masonic writing).
Finally, I believe that several of the fathers of Freemasonry emphasized the importance of careful study and I also believe that if one was raised an Entered Apprentice, the mason was inculcated and taught this principle many times (at least, based off of the literature, it appears that this was the case). I do not wish to come off sounding offensive but I do not think that the author was very diligent in searching out the landmarks but rather hastily formed a conclusion concerning the vital organs of Freemasonry.
For without a good foundation, the temple collapses...
I'm not sure I follow your interpretation of the paper but I do know the author and the context in which it was written. A few years ago there was a big argument about the Landmarks. Some mainstream Grand Lodges list Landmarks while others do not. The lists used by the Grand Lodges that print Landmarks don't agree with one another. What is a Landmark in one is not in another. This was splintering the brethren into factions.
The author decided to offer a new, more universal, view of the Landmarks which could be accepted by all as reasonable and valid.
The paper is not about ripping away the foundations of the Temple, but reinforcing them and enlarging the capacity of the structure to be more inclusive.
Halcyon Lodge No. 498 Grand Orient USA Freemasonry in Cleveland, Ohio
sbs59: Can someone help me with this question. I was a Master Mason for 4 years until last year. My father died and i left the Masons as i was depressed about his death. Can i now re join a lodge?
May 21, 2019 10:07:41 GMT
The Ancient: sbs59: Were you suspended for non payment of dues? if so, square up and petition the lodge for a restatement vote. If your dues are current, your still a member. In this case, it is all about the Benjamins.
May 27, 2019 0:49:07 GMT