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Freemasonry: An Introduction

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An experienced Freemason and award-winning psychologist provides a precise and engaging exploration of the core meaning and practices of Freemasonry for the new generation of people interested in joining the order, and those who are simply curious in the wake of recent media coverage.

Entertaining books and movies often depict Freemasonry as a shadowy, mysterious, and po
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 20th 2011 by TarcherPerigee
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Nov 26, 2016 Jason rated it liked it
Overall, I found this to be a decent and quick introduction to Freemasonry.

I did have one concern with the book, though. Kolko-Rivera, in discussing Catholic opposition to Freemasonry, omits that the Catholic Church does excommunicate any man who joins the Masons. It was hard to say if this is just an accidental oversight on Kolko-Rivera's part, or if he is being disingenuous. While Freemasons may have no issue with Catholics joining their organization, Catholics, rightly or wrongly, do. To ins
Jun 07, 2016 biblio-empire rated it liked it
What one needs to recognize about Freemasonry is that, like any private organization based on ritual, it is steeped in exclusive knowledge. This means that a lot of what Koltko-Rivera (a 32nd degree Mason of the Scottish Rite) discusses in his book is "basic" knowledge -- i.e., that which is relatively accessible elsewhere. But this fact should not detract the reader's interest -- if they are indeed looking for "an introduction" as the title promises, they will receive one.
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May 31, 2016 Alexandria rated it really liked it
Shelves: esoteric
It's good to read a book about Freemasonry from an actual Mason. Mark E. Kolko-Rivera, a 32nd degree Mason, composes a brief introduction to Freemasonry to all of those who are interested. He reveals many written histories of his brotherhoood (Knights Templar and etc.) and its symbolism. Plus, he calls out on the negative rumors surrounding Freemasonry that includes orgies and Satanic ritual. Mark tells it how it really is! This is short, well-written book.
Dec 14, 2012 Hans rated it really liked it
Shelves: freemasonry
Perfect book to introduce those curious about Freemasonry. I've read quite a few masonic books and this one by far is the most helpful in introducing its basic precepts, history and purpose. For anyone interested in learning about the craft (Freemasonry), this is the book you want to start with.

Sep 17, 2013 Art rated it it was amazing
A well-written introduction to freemasonry. The author discusses the history of freemasonry, some of the symbols used in the rituals, controversies surrounding freemasonry, and how one becomes a freemason. Basic information, but very well presented.
Amber Moors
I think that the most informative information the what that stayed with me the most is what he says in the beginning and that most of the information concerning freemasonry you can only know if you're a freemason yourself. It's priveledged information
Jan 03, 2014 Mogi rated it it was amazing
Excellent introduction to Freemasonry without giving too much away. As an aspiring Freemason one of the things I hear is try not to "read too deep" about Freemasonry before you start working on your degrees; this book does a great job of that. It just whets your appetite. Easy fun read.
Mar 22, 2014 Komboa rated it it was amazing
Very clear and concise. A great book for those wanting to better understand some of the foundations of Freemasonry.
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