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Author Hodapp, Christopher.

Title Freemasons For Dummies
Edition Second edition
Published Somerset : Wiley, 2012
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Contents Freemasons For Dummies -- About the Author -- Dedication -- Author's Acknowledgments -- Contents at a Glance -- Table of Contents -- Introduction -- About This Book -- Conventions Used in This Book -- What You're Not to Read -- Foolish Assumptions -- How This Book Is Organized -- Icons Used in This Book -- Where to Go from Here -- Part I: What Is Freemasonry? -- Chapter 1: Lodges, Aprons, and Funny Handshakes: Freemasonry 101 -- What Is Freemasonry? -- What Do Masons Do? -- Are [Fill in the Blank] Freemasons, Too? -- Chapter 2: From Cathedrals to Lodge Rooms: A History of the Freemasons
Chapter 5: How the Freemasons Are Organized: Who Does What and Why -- What's Inside the Lodge? -- Who's in Charge around Here? -- What Makes a Grand Lodge So, Well, Grand? -- What Is a Regular, Recognized Lodge? -- Chapter 6: The Ceremonies of Freemasons -- Understanding Where Masonic Ritual Comes From -- Performing the Rituals of the Modern Lodge -- Chapter 7: The Symbols of Freemasonry -- Symbolizing the Lessons of Freemasonry -- Deciphering the Key Masonic Ideas -- Explaining More Masonic Symbols -- Chapter 8: Myths and Misconceptions about Masons
Digging to the Root of Freemasonry Misunderstandings -- Debunking Common Myths about Freemasonry -- Part III: When One Lodge Isn't Enough: The Appendant Bodies -- Chapter 9: Introducing the Appendant Bodies: Who's Who, and Who Isn't -- What Are Appendant Bodies? -- So What about These Other Groups? -- Chapter 10: The York Rite -- The York Rite System -- Royal Arch Masonry -- The Cryptic Rite -- Chivalric Masonry and the Knights Templar -- Other York Rite Bodies -- York Rite Charities -- Chapter 11: The Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite -- Surveying the Scottish Rite System
Seeing How the Scottish Rite Started -- Meeting Albert Pike: Sage of the Scottish Rite -- Listing the Degrees of the Scottish Rite -- Serving Communities through Charitable Work -- Chapter 12: Shriners International -- Getting to Know the Shriners -- Tracing the History from Partiers to Philanthropists -- Putting a Little of the Boy Back in the Man -- Considering the Shrine's Place in Freemasonry -- Chapter 13: The Extended Masonic Family -- Bringing Women into the Lodge -- Not Just Kidding Around: The Youth Groups -- Checking Out Lesser-Known Masonic Groups
Turning Stonecutters into Gentlemen: Freemasonry before 1700 -- Building Men: The 1700s -- Growing, Changing, and Branching Out: The 1800s -- Surviving and Surging: The 1900s -- Experiencing the New Millennium: More Changes on the Way -- Chapter 3: The Philosophy of Freemasonry -- Defining What Masons Believe In -- Establishing a New World Order? -- Experiencing Mystic Masonry -- Chapter 4: Politics, Religion, and Freemasons: They Don't Mix -- Exploring the History of Religion and the Masons -- Refusing to Play Politics -- Part II: The Inner Workings of Freemasonry
Summary Take the mystery out of the Freemasons Fascinated by Freemasons? Freemasons For Dummies is the internationally bestselling introduction to the Masons, the oldest and largest ""secret society"" in the world. This balanced, eye-opening guide demystifies Freemasonry, explaining everything from its elaborate rituals and cryptic rites, to its curious symbols and their meanings. With new and improved content, including updated examples and references throughout, this new edition of Freemasons For Dummies provides the most straightforward, non-intimidating guide to the subject
Notes Investigating Masonic Research Societies
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ISBN 111841215X