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Montana Freemason  May 2014                               Volume 90 Number 2

                  The Builder Magazine                                Guest Speaker
            June 1915 - Volume I - Number 6                   Robert L. D. Cooper, Curator
            HYSTERIA AND HYSTERICS -                       Grand Lodge AF&AM of Scotland
   Some few Brethren seem to have lost their poise in
their protest against the article in the April issue on                                         We are fortunate
Hysteria in Freemasonry, and there have been one                                               enough to have as our
or two acute cases of hysterics. To be sure, Brother                                           guest speaker Brother
Kuhn stated his case in a forthright and picturesque                                           Bob Cooper, the
manner, as is his habit, but nothing was further from                                          Curator of the Grand
his mind than to belittle real Masonic scholarship,                                            Lodge of Scotland
much less to depreciate the great and simple                                                   Museum and Library.
symbolism of Masonry. Indeed, the sharp point of his                                           Author and Historian.
satire was in behalf of real scholarship and authentic                                          Bro. Bob will speak
symbolism as over against those who have so often                                              on one or both of the
made Masonry ridiculous by exploiting pseudo-             following topics: 1. The Myth of Rosslyn Chapel
learning and every hind of eccentric absurdity in its     2. Civility, the traditional relationship between Masons
name. For too long the field of Masonic research has      and each other and society and the importance of how
been a happy hunting-ground for the faddist, the          we deal with each other.
hobbyist, the half-baked mystic, not to mention the        He is the author of numerous articles on all aspects
inveterate crank who seems to think that Masonry is       of Freemasonry and lectures widely on Freemasonry,
a mathematical puzzle instead of human fraternity         the Knights Templar, Rosslyn Chapel, the St. Clair
founded upon spiritual reality. Against this sort of      family etc. He is a frequent visitor to the USA.
thing the keen thrust of Dr. Kuhn was timely and           Brother Cooper was initiated in The Lodge of Light,
well-aimed, and it went to the mark.                      No. 1656 and is a Founder Member and Past Master
   Judging from a number of letters in criticism of       of Lodge Edinburgh Castle, No. 1764. He ha Past
the review of The Great Work, the editor himself is in    Master of Lodge Sir Robert Moray, No. 1641 the
need of a thorough trouncing. Well, if Brother Kuhn       premier Scottish Lodge of Research. He is currently
and the editor have both earned a good thrashing,         serving as Master of Quatuor Coronati Lodge, No.
as some seem to think, by all means let us have           2076 (United Grand Lodge of England), the oldest
it, and the pages of The Builder are open for that        Lodge of Research in the world.
purpose. Neither of us, however, can be convinced         He has written or edited a number of books:
by the man who takes refuge in the queer conceit           An Account of the Chapel of Roslin
of intellectual superiority and ponderous learning,        The Genealogie of the Sainteclaires of Roslin
the better to dodge the issue; we know the difference      An Illustrated Guide to Rosslyn Chapel
between argument and putting on airs. Face the             A Winter with Robert Burns
issues squarely, bring forward the facts, flay us right    The Voyages of the Venetian Brothers Nicolo and
heartily and in good spirit, nor forget the words of       Antonio Zeno
Carlyle describing a walk and talk with Sterling:          The History and Origins of the Order of Free
- "We walked westward in company, choosing                 Gardeners
whatever lanes or quieter streets there were, as far       Freemasons, Gardeners and Templars
as Knightsbridge where our roads parted; talking           The Complete Manual of Freemasonry
of moralities and theological philosophies; arguing        The Templar Church of London
copiously, but except in opinion not disagreeing "         Cracking the Freemasons’ Code
                                                           The Rosslyn Hoax?
                                                          The Scottish ‘Standard’ Ritual
                                                           The Emblems of Freemasonry
   The Builder was published from 1915 to 1930 by          The Red Triangle
the National Masonic Research Society. Nearly a
century later, it has yet to be surpassed in terms of
quality of content. The publication did not rely on
grip and grin photos to fill its pages; it relied on the
research work of the leading Masonic writers of the
day.

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