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Montana Freemason                                           May 2014                                             Volume 90   Number 2

          the Craft was founded by any others than Masters of  painful to think how many of us have been groping
          the Great School of Natural Science and Philosophy  blindly and in darkness for many years under the
          who permitted it to be known to the profane that     delusion that the "Great Light" on our Altar reveal to
          the Guild or Craft was one of operative Masons, for  us a merciful Father, the hope of immortal life and our
          the purpose only to hide the real truths and its true  duty to God and our neighbor, and have overlooked
          object  from those  hostile to the institution. This  the great source of Truth revealed along Geometrical
          object was and has been for centuries to give to the  lines. Possibly we ought to replace the Holy Bible on
          human race TRUTH concerning the creation of the      our Altar with a copy of Euclid. But the author leaves
          universe and the continuity of life after death, the  a loop hole for our escape by saying farther along
          immortality of the soul, and the relation which exists  in his article:--"This is plain enough to one who is
          between this planet and the inhabitants of the whole  sufficiently interested and intelligent." I plead guilty
          universe. These truths are                                                  to the last charge. These
          founded upon exact science,                                                 citations are given merely
          demonstrable by the Master                                                  as an illustration of the kind
          in the possession of the                                                    of hysterical literature that
          knowledge, the whole being                                                  is being written under the
          figured out on geometrical                                                  guise of Freemasonry.
          lines. Naturally this truth
          would come in conflict with                                                    But Hysteria is protean
          orthodox and dogmatic                                                       in its nature; it appears
          religion."                                                                  suddenly in unexpected
                                                                                      quarters and under various
             His first claim is, that                                                 disguises. Several years ago it
          Freemasonry did not spring                                                  broke out in the etymological
          from the operative Mason                                                    field when a new prophet
          and the history of such an                                                  arose who contented that
          ancestry was used merely                                                    the words "Free Mason" are
          as a blind behind which the                                                 derived from the Egypto-
          Masters of the Great School                                                 Coptic language, and mean
          of Natural Science and                                                      "Children of Light." This
          Philosophy  hid themselves                                                  was a brand new discovery
          from  hostile  foes. No one                                                 and from an unlooked-
          will deny that the so called                                                for source. Immediately
          philosophy was engrafted                                                    the Masonic barns and
          into Masonry with the                                                       woodsheds were filled with
          evolution of the Royal                                                      etymological gymnasts but
          Arch. Many of the symbols                                                   they have merely rehearsed
          and emblems in the Lodge                                                    the old stunt without any
          Ritual were added during the period of Ritualistic   additional thrills. Listen: "If we are to believe that
          development by Clare, Dunkerly, Hutchinson and       our words, 'Free Mason' are derived from the ancient
          Preston, but to claim that the Great Masters stole the  Egypto-Coptic language in which 'Phree' means
          livery of the Operative Craft as a mask through fear  light, knowledge, wisdom, or intelligence, while
          of hostility is absurd and unworthy of consideration,  'Messem' was the plural of 'Mes,' signifying children;
          and it is to be regretted that the simple philosophy  hence we were originally known as children or son
          of right living should be perverted into an occult   of light, wisdom and intelligence. Then, considering
          science and paraded as Masonic.                      this, the true conception of the word 'Free Mason,' it
                                                               will be seen that everything else is consistent, placing
             But the sum and substance of this "Repressed      in evidence not only the spiritual and philosophical
          desire" is, that Freemasonry is a science plus a     teachings of the Craft, but also showing the oriental
          philosophy, which, when applied along "Geometrical   origin and great antiquity of our beloved Order."
          lines," we may know the truth that will reveal to us
          immortality, the continuity of life after death, and the  This is indeed a beautiful conception and we can
          relation that exists between us and the inhabitants  only wish that Masons were children of the light,
          of Mars, Venus and Saturn and we may even greet      even if the etymology is very wabbly. The assertion
          the Jupterites. But he confesses that this wonderful  that the words, Free Mason, are derived from the
          science along  geometrical lines, "Would come in     Egyto-Coptic language is another figment of fancy
          conflict with orthodox and dogmatic religion." It is  thrown out by "Repressed desire;" an effort to bolster
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