Freemasonry back in old Europe developed from the most intelligent of people who drive invention wanting to break free of the Catholic Church and royalty having all the wealth, using those intelligent for their ideas to maximize their own wealth. This is very generalized. In classical Greece and Rome, then through the Dark Ages, Renaissance, and Age of Enlightenment only what was called landed gentry----those who were rich or worked to administer for the rich were allowed in government---were allowed in universities---and as a result were the only ones in a pathway to leadership. It was the 5% model of early Europe. SOUND FAMILIAR?
Indeed, this is what has gained hold in the US these few decades of Clinton/Bush/Obama. This American version is NOT the model towards which the rich are heading---it is the model used by great political manipulators like Clinton/Bush/Obama to reach the goal of old Europe. Clinton/Bush/Obama use this phrase EXCEPTIONALISM bringing back the idea of advancing only the best into leadership in government and business. Freemasonry of old were indeed the genius of that time---the freemasonry today are simply community business people working for the rich.
THE GOALS OF THE 1% ARE TO RETURN TO THE FREEMASONRY OF THE OLD EUROPE.
All of the behind the scenes geopolitical maneuvering of Wall Street banks and politicians as in Europe are tied to these freemasonry groups. If you read the names of World Bank, IMF, UN, FED, the 1% and the global pols working for these global corporations you will find them likely tied to old school freemasonry. America's small time community freemasonry is being taken over by the big guys of old rich families.
'In France, though, there’s nothing funny about Freemasons. The way the French see it, Masons are a fifth column at the heart of French society, a cabal of powerful politicians, businessmen, and intellectuals with a hidden agenda that is difficult to pin down because it’s, well, hidden. Nobody knows quite what the Masons are up to, but everybody suspects they’re up to something'.
Bloomberg likes to hint France is particularly fearful of freemasonry simply because of France's history of revolution to escape all this----American Revolution was tied to this same global corporate wealth as colonizer rebellion.
France: Where Freemasons Are Still Feared
America’s masons are as likely to meet one another at a barbecue as a masonic temple. But in France, the lodges still inspire countless conspiracy theories—and magazine covers.
April 19, 2012 — 6:15 PM EDT
Magazines and newspapers all have stories they run in one form or another, year in, year out. The details may differ, but the stories are largely the same everywhere, striking universal chords of sex, health, and money. A few of these perennials, however, don’t travel. They drill deep into one country’s psyche while everyone else scratches their head and says, “Huh?”
In France, the story that keeps coming back is about Freemasons. It’s everywhere. Most big French magazines run at least one big Freemason cover a year. Books dissect the “state within a state,” to borrow from a recent title. Blogs abound.
“France has several of these marronniers—chestnuts,” says Alain Bauer, former grand master of France’s Grand Orient lodge and president Nicolas Sarkozy’s Masonic liaison. “There’s real estate prices and there’s how to cure headaches, and then there’s Freemasons. The ultimate French magazine story is a Freemason with a headache who’s moving. We don’t like these stories, but at the same time, we love them, because they make us feel like we’re still important.”
Huh? Yes, Freemasons: the old fraternal order known in the U.S. for the Masonic lodges that dot American cities, musty reminders of an era when Masonry stirred the American melting pot. Or for the arcane Masonic symbols engraved on every dollar bill. Or on a sillier note, for the Shriners in their red fezzes. (The Shriners were founded in the 1870s to add a little levity to regular Freemasonry. Mission accomplished.)
In France, though, there’s nothing funny about Freemasons. The way the French see it, Masons are a fifth column at the heart of French society, a cabal of powerful politicians, businessmen, and intellectuals with a hidden agenda that is difficult to pin down because it’s, well, hidden. Nobody knows quite what the Masons are up to, but everybody suspects they’re up to something.
“Freemasons—How they manipulate the candidates,” ran the cover line on the Jan. 10, 2012 issue of L’Express, one of France’s three big newsweeklies. After several readings, the “how” and the “manipulate” parts remain unclear, and even Francois Koch, its author, admits that the headline is “completely exaggerated.” Le Point, the second big newsweekly, followed in its Jan. 26 issue with “Freemasons—the infiltrators.” The third weekly news magazine, Le Nouvel Observateur, got ahead of the game this election cycle: They ran their Masons-and-politics cover last August.
“The subject never fails to generate interest,” says Koch. “It’s the mystery of it that attracts attention.” Koch’s cover story sold 80,000 copies on the newsstand, almost 10 percent more than L’Express’s average of 73,000 copies. “We always get at least average sales, and sometimes sales that are really big. It’s always a gamble worth taking.” Two years ago, Koch, who normally covers criminal justice, launched a blog devoted to Masonic matters.
To understand how French Masons ended up under the national magnifying glass requires a brief side trip through history. Nobody knows precisely where the Freemasons came from, but experts mostly agree their origins lie in the medieval English guilds that laid the stones of the great cathedrals. Modern Masonry dates to the founding of the first Grand Lodge in London in 1717, and today’s United Grand Lodge of England is still a kind of Masonic mothership.
Those first English Masons laid down the loose precepts that govern most Masonic practice. Masons meet regularly to improve themselves morally and spiritually, and to practice brotherly love and mutual assistance. They’re enjoined to believe in a supreme being and to stay out of politics. And no women are allowed. Solidarity is reinforced by an elaborate web of shared mumbo jumbo—signs, symbols, secret handshakes, and code words that are either sexy, absurd, or sinister, depending on who’s looking at them.
Masonry fanned out from England just when the Enlightenment was making the world safe for such Mason-friendly values as anti-clericalism and scientific enquiry. The world’s best and brightest joined in a stampede. Voltaire, John Locke, and Goethe all signed up. In the New World, Benjamin Franklin became America’s favorite Mason.
The early Masons made enemies on all sides. The church branded them anti-Christians, the established political order branded them revolutionaries, and a lot of other people just found them elitist and creepy. This might have been expected. Any international brotherhood with secret handshakes and symbolic jewelry is begging to put its name on a conspiracy theory. The Masons have provoked many, right up to the Nazis, to decimate Masonry on the European continent.
In the U.S., those prejudices coalesced in 1825. A turncoat Mason from New York named Morgan disappeared after threatening to expose his brethren and their rituals. The Masons said they paid him $500 and escorted him to the Canadian border, but he was never heard from again.
The “Morgan Affair” sparked an anti-Mason furor that lasted 25 years, during which 100 anti-Mason newspapers were published and some lodges were looted. The Anti-Masonic Party even ran a candidate for president in 1831—the first third-party movement in U.S. history. Masonic membership dropped from 100,000 to fewer than 40,000. Over time, American Masonry managed to rebuild itself, but it came back as a less secret, less scrappy institution. Today, America’s 1 million Masons are as likely to meet one another at a Masonic barbecue as a Masonic temple. Masons in other countries followed a similar path.
Not the French. In many ways, French Masonry has struck out on its own, ignoring the basic precepts of its Anglo-Saxon brethren and positioning itself as a counterweight to the deeply conservative Catholic and monarchist strains of French society. “Freemasonry has always had a political role in France,” says Pierre Mollier, director of archives at the Grand Orient de France, the country’s largest and most important lodge. “We would never tell people who to vote for, but we’re a moral authority.”
From 1880 to 1905, the Grand Orient battled the Catholic Church for the soul of France, and still considers the Third Republic its stepchild. “The Republican party took its support from the Freemasons—a third of the deputies were Masons,” says Mollier. “All of the Third Republic’s progressive legislation comes from here,” he says, pointing around him at the Grand Orient’s headquarters on the Rue Cadet. “The current presidential candidates all knocked on our door this year. For an English or an American Freemason, that’s just horrible!”
Adding insult to injury, in 1880 the Grand Orient removed all references to the divinity. Freemasons everywhere steer clear of organized religion, and they never talk about God. But they insist on a belief in what Masonic jargon calls the Grand Architect of the Universe, however each member may define it. Phooey, said the French. That’s just religion through the back door.
All this has helped make France’s 160,000 Masons pariahs in the modern Masonic world. The United Grand Lodge of England doesn’t recognize two of the three big French lodges, the Grand Orient and the Grande Loge de France. It recently suspended recognition of the third big lodge, the Grande Loge Nationale Française, but mostly because internal bickering is tearing it apart from within.
“The French take a rather fluid attitude towards what we do,” says John Hamill, director of special projects for the United Grand Lodge of England. Responds Pierre Millier of the Grand Orient: “Do Protestants care if they’re recognized by the Pope? We just turn the other cheek.”
Jean-Claude Zambelli is a French government employee who has lived in the U.S. for 30 years. He first joined an American Masonic lodge in San Francisco. In 1996 he helped re-found the George Washington Union, a lodge patterned after and recognized by the Grand Orient. It is very French. God: no. Women members: yes.
“When we explain this to American Masons, they sometimes recoil physically,” says Zambelli. “It’s just not the same Masonry. They do more charitable work, like the big Shriner hospital in San Francisco. We do a lot more work on ourselves. We’re not a social club. We’re here to progress spiritually. Otherwise, what good is all this? The Americans are proud to be Masons and show you their Mason rings. We find that shocking.”
The French do indeed play their membership cards closer to the vest than other Masons. The heightened intrigue does much to keep them on magazine covers. It also convinces people that the Masons must have something to hide.
Occasionally, they do. Their shadowy networks, no-questions-asked eagerness to help brother Masons, and code of silence has made the lodges a breeding ground for shady business dealing—what the French call affairisme. Membership in French lodges has quadrupled in the past 40 years—an astonishing increase. Recent growth has been fueled by unseemly recruitment drives, principally by the discredited Grande Loge Nationale Française as it battled the Grand Orient for influence. French Masonry was a chicken coop with a sign reading: “Welcome, foxes.”
“We have a hard time defending ourselves against the affairistes, says Jean-Claude Zambelli. “It’s very difficult to show bad faith toward a brother Mason. That has helped various mafia outfits hide behind Masonic networks.”
Sophie Coignard covers the Mason beat at Le Point magazine and wrote the book A State Within A State. “Most of the Masons I know are hyper-honest,” says Coignard. “But it’s also fair to say that in most of the big financial-political scandals of the past 20 years, you’ll find Freemasons.”
Coignard ticks off the Elf-Aquitaine African bribery scandal, the Paris housing projects scandal in the 1990s, and now the Carlton affair—an ongoing investigation of a prostitution ring in Lille. “They’re mostly all Masons,” says Coignard of the Carlton’s ringleaders (Dominique Strauss-Kahn, also embroiled in the Carlton affair, is not a Mason.)
The solution, says journalist and author Eric Giacometti, is for French Masons to come out of the closet. It would help them clean house, and it would take the fun out of trying to peek through the closet keyhole. Giacometti isn’t a Mason, but his fictional creation, detective Christian Marcas, is, and he’s proud to say so. Marcas has appeared in seven detective novels with combined sales of a million copies since 2005. That makes Giacometti and co-author Jacques Ravenne the third-best-selling mystery writers in France.
“We decided to go straight against everything you read in the media when we chose to make Marcas a Freemason,” says Giacometti. “That’s the success of the series. Francois Koch of L’Express says we’re just giving the Freemasons free advertising, but we don’t care. I would tell the Freemasons, ‘Be proud of who you are—there were some extraordinary Freemasons.’ Nobody knows that story!”
Meanwhile, the French presses continue to churn. Sophie Coignard says she’s sniffing around another financial scandal with Masons at its heart. “When it comes to the Masons,” says Coignard, “I’m never at a loss for inspiration.”
There is no doubt the tie between the people moving national Treasury wealth to the 1% in nations around the world and freemasonry----the dynamic about to change will see the local and state groups pushed out---as I call it THROWN UNDER THE BUS----as the 1% restructure the power towards the new global rich. Ergo, US cities under US International Economic Zones and Trans Pacific Trade Pact will fill with the world's rich in city centers like Baltimore and those world's rich will now become the global freemasonry controlling the movement of wealth for the global 1%.
The old family freemasonry went underground after the European and American revolutions through the 1700-late 1800s and only resurfaced in this initial community phase as the step towards today's 1% global colonization of Europe, America, and world economies. So, this is to what US city voters tied to Clinton and Wall Street neo-liberals know about freemasonry---they see it as often the only path to employment and therefor often support it. They don't know the history as the article from France would show of the exclusiveness tied to global wealth.
You see in this article Persians and nations around the world tied to International Economic Zones have established their own freemasonry structure that no doubt are the global 1% and their 5% administrators. These are the global rich US International Economic Zones like Baltimore have as a goal of being our NEW CITIZENS. What citizens in the US considered innocent Chamber of Commerce masonry will get ugly under global corporate tribunal rule as it has in Asia, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.
You can see why in US cities black, brown, white citizens are not fighting all the privatization of our public schools and the ideas of apprenticeship in some areas of the US, especially the south because they are being tied closely to this masonry model. They don't understand what global freemasonry will look like---the global corporate campuses and global factories as child labor apprenticeships.
Ask A Maryland Freemason
The Beginning of Freemasonry is lost in antiquity. However, we are taught an “Allegorical History” as set forth below:
The brotherhood of Masons is reported to have started with the building of King Solomon’s Temple. The builders were divided into 3 groups:
The Master Mason degree was received when the builders craft was learned and perfected. During the building of the Temple the Master Builder and Architect was killed and a great secret was lost.
The history now jumps forward to the Middle Ages. The members of the Craft had developed such a good reputation that they were given free movement over Europe. These masons built the great castles, churches and cathedrals. Since they could move freely they were called Freemasons.
The Craft was developed into an organization in England in 1717 when the Grand Lodge of England was formed. These members were Operative Masons. Later other men of good character were granted the right to join. With the movement to the New World, Masonry followed.
These new non-operative Masons were called speculative Masons and Freemasonry was born and has continued to grow in America and around the world.
Regular American Mason Lodges are governed by each state’s respective Grand Lodge. There is no Grand Lodge of America. The Grand Lodge of A.F. & A.M. of Maryland is the Fraternal Organization that heads all the lodges and collateral bodies under its Maryland Masonic jurisdiction. Freemasonry in Maryland is growing and is extremely active in the community'.
FREEMASONRY ii. In the Qajar Period
Persians made their first acquaintance with Freemasonry outside Persia, in India, and more importantly in Europe, and it was not until the first decade of the 20th century that a lodge regularly affiliated to one of the recognized European obediences appeared in the country.
ii. IN THE QAJAR PERIOD
Persians made their first acquaintance with Freemasonry outside Persia, in India, and more importantly in Europe, and it was not until the first decade of the 20th century that a lodge regularly affiliated to one of the recognized European obediences appeared in the country. Freemasonry nonetheless played a role of some importance in the 19th-century history of Persia, largely because of the linkages to foreign powers that inevitably accompanied the initiation of Persian diplomats in European capitals. In addition, a segment of the Persian elite seems to have been genuinely fascinated by Freemasonry as a form of ideology and organization that was both reminiscent of indigenous types of association and a harbinger of the European world view on “progress.”
My post yesterday blended several issues over the coming push---THE MOVING FORWARD as Clinton/Bush Wall Street global corporate neo-liberals and neo-cons love to say with installing US International Economic Zones in US cities like Baltimore. One was dismantling all our government and constitutional structures assigning WE THE PEOPLE with the power to legislate and choose our elected officials replacing it with a global corporate tribunal rule with pols working for the 1%. Second was restructuring our American societal structures to meet the change of global rich and immigrants from around the world filling our city centers and filling global corporate campuses and factories. This is where the SOROS global non-profits hit US cities as they did overseas these several decades. Lastly, the issue of religious freedoms in the US tied closely to Christian denominations---lately Jewish----now needing to reconcile a flood of different world religions ----and that is tied to Libertarian Socialism and Chomsky as freemasonry and Libertarians are largely humanistic or non-religious. Far-right economics tied to non-religious Marxism------or what I have shouted these several years----Clinton/Obama rebranding of neo-liberalism to Democratic Socialism or global corporate Libertarian Marxism.
'Dan Edelstein, a Stanford French professor, has been exploring an aspect of the Age of Enlightenment that is less familiar to most, the so-called “dark side” of the enlightenment. He described the differentiating factors. “The prevailing understanding of the enlightenment is one in which there was only scientific and rational thinking, but there was also a significant number of people contributing to the enlightenment who were absorbed in dubious scholarly pursuits like alchemy, mythology, astrology and secret societies.”'
Masons and the Catholic Church
Church prohibited membership since early 18th century
Condemned Secret Societies 53 times since 1738
Condemned Freemasonry specifically 20 times
First: “In Eminenti” –Pope Clement XII, 1738
…none, under any pretext or for any reason, shall dare or presume to enter, propagate or support these aforesaid societies…
Dark Side of the Enlightenment
byHumanities at Stanford
June 2, 2009Planetary.jpg
"A Philosopher lecturing with a Mechanical Planetary" by Joseph Wright, 1766
When most people talk about the age of enlightenment they are usually referring to a period in 18th century European history when logic and reason rose to supremacy. During this important period of cultural growth, public intellectuals like John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Voltaire dedicated themselves to solving perennial human dilemmas. They and their contemporaries gathered in salons and coffeehouses and exchanged volumes of letters in the name of sharing knowledge and improving the human condition.
Dan Edelstein, a Stanford French professor, has been exploring an aspect of the Age of Enlightenment that is less familiar to most, the so-called “dark side” of the enlightenment. He described the differentiating factors. “The prevailing understanding of the enlightenment is one in which there was only scientific and rational thinking, but there was also a significant number of people contributing to the enlightenment who were absorbed in dubious scholarly pursuits like alchemy, mythology, astrology and secret societies.”
The Super-Enlightenment: from Imagined Civilizations to Solar Mythology
In this painting, titled "Reading from Moliere," artist Jean Francois de Troy depicts a salon of the French Enlightenment. After learning about these fringe scholars, Professor Edelstein started to refer to their contributions as the ‘Super-Enlightenment’ because they saw themselves as engaging in the same intellectual projects as their more conformist peers.
Edelstein partnered with scholars from UC Berkeley, Washington University, UCLA, Kings College London, and other institutions to learn more about these unconventional figures, and more specifically how much their ideas and arguments really diverged from those of the canonical enlightenment figures. “The more time I spent reading these curious works, the more I realized that my familiar Enlightenment friends were sometimes up to the same tricks,” Edelstein recounts.
Among the texts that Edelstein and his team came across were a series of letters written by Jean-Sylvain Bailly, a respected astronomer and subsequently the first mayor of Paris during the French Revolution, to Voltaire, the most famous philosophe. Bailly wrote a history of early astronomy, in which he postulated that a fictional society that once lived near the North Pole, called the Atlanteans, invented all of the sciences.
Edelstein explained that through an odd intermediary (Madame Blavatsky, one of the founders of Theosophy), this myth of a "Hyperborean Atlantis" became a touchstone of Nazi ideology. According to Edelstein, one of the most notorious among this crowd of unorthodox philosophes is Adam Weishaupt, the law professor, champion of Enlightenment philosophy, and founder of the infamous Illuminati, for whom he invented mysterious Masonic rituals in order to better do battle with the Jesuits.
Edelstein said there were many notable ‘Super-E’ characters, “One also thinks of Antoine Court de Gébelin, a Protestant, Mason, and Physiocratic antiquarian, author of the nine-volume Monde primitif that sought to “supplement the Encyclopédie” and launched a craze for solar mythology. Franz Anton Mesmer is another emblematic figure, one who desperately and futilely sought out scientific and medical recognition for his ‘animal magnetism’.
Did Fringe Scholars Influence the Enlightenment?
The examination of the numerous texts and letters attributed to Super Enlightenment authors like these revealed that in many instances their works and ideas did in fact reach the thought leaders of the day. This raised the interesting question of how Enlightenment principles could coexist, seemingly without difficulty, with those lasting currents of mysticism, magic, mythical speculation, and hermeticism that persisted throughout the eighteenth century.
Creating an On-line Database to Share Rare Texts and Further Research
Together with the help of Sarah Sussman, the Curator for French and Italian collections at Stanford University Library, Edelstein set out to create a database of these lesser-known texts so that he and others could easily plumb their content and identify their main characteristics. The hope is that by making these works available as a searchable corpus they will open up new paths of research for an array of scholars at Stanford and around the world. Edelstein is also editing a volume of essays on the Super-Enlightenment, which will be published in early 2010 by the Voltaire Foundation, at the University of Oxford.
The site features a collection of about three dozen rare works in French written between 1716 and 1835, covering mythology, alchemy, religion, free-masonry, science, and other topics, with accompanying bio-bibliographical essays by specialists in the field. Rather than rejecting what we commonly think of as Enlightenment ideas and paradigms, these esoteric texts explore many of the same themes.
The beta version of the website was launched in April, 2009 and should be fully functional, with 10 new texts by late 2009. At first glance, further study of the Super-Enlightenment may not seem like an area that can expand the of the Age of Enlightenment body of knowledge. But in fact, a better understanding of the influences of these seemingly occult philosophers will likely provide a better window onto the history of ideas and practices of this pivotal period in human history.
I have shouted here in Baltimore against the 15 black ministers who always stand by the most Wall Street Baltimore Development establishment candidates and pols----even as the systemic fraud, corruption, and movement of city wealth to a small percentage of corporations and rich---Jamal Bryant and the Empowerment Temple is only one example ----as the source of crony politics and the advancement of global corporate tribunal rule in Baltimore. They stand with the global corporate campuses telling citizens NOT TO FIGHT this development---and this comes from black churches embracing freemasonry.
I know there is a struggle within all religious denominations about this as I showed with the edict from the Catholic Church. The Southern Baptist Churches----whether black or white have branches that embrace Wall Street, the stock market and usury tied to lending and betting. I personally don't see any of this connected to religion----but it has worked its way into US religion from the freemasonry as a source for jobs model Clinton and Wall Street installed these few decades. This was the same conflict the European Catholic Church fought when freemasonry created humanism and threatened its religious structure.
CITIZENS NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT NONE OF THIS IS COINCIDENTAL---IT IS PLANNED AND A STRATEGY BY THE 1% IN THE US----AND IT WILL CREATE INSTABILITY WITHIN OUR RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES AND AS REGARDS THE US FREEDOM OF RELIGION/SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE.
The Old Black Church
The Black Church has historically been a source of hope and strength for the African American community.
The Old Black Church
One thing a Baltimore activist against police brutality notices is the presence of black religious leaders working not towards justice for the citizens---but heeding the call of Wall Street Baltimore Development to quell the riots and protests because it was costing the Baltimore economy revenue.
I showed the Scottish Baptist Church as a white protestant church with members no doubt at the same place the Catholic Church was centuries ago when it created edicts to disassociate with freemasonry. After these few decades of systemic fraud, corruption, dismantling of government structures and now the movement towards US International Economic Zones---all pushed by the real global rich freemasonry----
IF WE WANT CHANGE IN THE US AND TO MOVE AWAY FROM THE CURRENT WALL STREET GLOBAL CORPORATE CONTROL---WE NEED CHURCHES, SYNAGOGUES, AND MOSQUES TO RETHINK THESE TIES----THEY ARE NOT ABOUT COMMUNITY.
As someone not overly religious tied mostly to a believe in a higher being----these posts today do not come from a religious context---it comes from political activism having a goal of ending this Wall Street/global corporate capture and MOVING FORWARD towards One World global corporate 1% having all the wealth and 99% sweatshops for all.
'This question remains true for Christian
Masons today. If the Lord is God, then
follow Him. Do not maintain the hypocrisy of
claiming to be a Christian while living your
life in an organization that denies everything
Christian. Either follow God or follow
Christianity and Freemasonry
“Are They Compatible?”
Freemasonry may be a term or organization
that is not familiar to you. Maybe you’ve seen
the Masonic symbol of the compass, square,
and all-seeing eye as you’ve entered a town.
Maybe you’ve had relatives or friends who
have been members of the Blue Lodge or one
of its related organizations such as Eastern
Star, Shriners, Demolay or other connected
groups. Maybe you’re considering joining
a local lodge or are already a dues-paying
member. If you find yourself in this spectrum,
we ask that you approach this pamphlet
with prayer and that you not take statements
personally, but that you seek the Spirit of Truth.
“Involvement in organizations that divide
their loyalty to, or are in conflict with, Jesus
Christ and the church should be avoided,
including, but not limited to membership in
any such lodge or secret order.” MDG Art xx.
Sec 3B “Christian Life and Practice”
The purpose of this writing is to show how
Masonic teaching is in conflict with Jesus
and the scriptures. Although the Brethren in
Christ Manual of Doctrine and Government
(MDG) speaks of “lodges or secret orders”
in a general way, this pamphlet will speak
specifically to the Blue Lodge and the secret
society of the Freemasons. That’s because
the Masonic Order is the oldest, largest and
most likely the “parent” of many other orders.
This article is not intended to challenge
Freemasons as persons, but to challenge
the teaching of Freemasonry as to its
compatibility with Biblical teaching.
Remember from my first posts the idea of the Age of Enlightenment being a tool to break the hold of the Catholic Church.
We see a constant evolution around what the word liberal means and it completely undermines the Democratic Party centered through modern times on that word----social progressive liberals from FDR to LBJ-----then Clinton neo-liberals take the party to the far-right---and now we are seeing the next phase of liberalism being tied back to the original goal of freemasonry with the Age of Enlightenment----Enlightened Liberalism.
'The Reformation and The Age of Enlightenment: understanding how a conservative/authoritarian religious movement lead to liberal democracy.
English 258: Literature of Western Civilization Homepage
Masterpieces reflecting development of Western thought and culture, 17th Century to Present.
Why is the Reformation Considered "Conservative":
I always say the 1% do not have religion.....Clinton/Bush/Obama may have national media peeled on their church attendance but their entire being is tied to global freemasonry----no humanism allowed. When the IVY LEAGUES of Harvard and Yale injected America with a common man masonry they were building an army so to speak advancing the wealth of those at the top of this freemason structure. Let's think about how freemasons in Europe broke the hold of the Catholic Church with Reformation----then think how these same secular rich would use freemasonry to break down the protestant church and that is what is happening today. Ergo, all of this discussion happening in protestant churches of all denominations.
The political movement from Renaissance to Age of Enlightenment had as a goal of removing religious boundaries from free market. This next stage of ONE WORLD NEW WORLD ORDER has the same goals----break down the religious barriers in International Economic Zone nations---including America.
WHAT CAN DO THAT BEST THAN TO MAKE THE CHURCHES CENTRAL TO ALL THIS MASSIVE FRAUD, CORRUPTION, AND WEALTH INEQUITY?
So, now we are hearing terms coming from the Clinton/Bush/Obama crowd like liberal enlightenment----Liberatarian Marxism and I see the movement again towards secularism by the far-right in the march towards global corporate human capital worker pool moving globally to International Economic Zones including US cities now deemed International Economic Zones.
In the Renaissance the main ideas of humanism came from the people opposing the ideas of the bible and of the Christian church. As the period of medieval rule came to an end, people became more aware and known to social and humanist ideas. What citizens wanted was the place between god and man to disappear and humanists were the ones that were up to the job. Many humanists decided to look back at what the ancient Greeks and romans had already worked on as that usually provided a better of the world. The church was starting to lose the trust of its followers and that is when people decided to split from it. Splitting from the church was a big thing back in the renaissance as it meant you defied god. However people had to do this as they were constantly being told things that had no real backing except the bible and god said so. The humanists decided it was time to change and they started to look for ideas that could be backed by scientific research or by any other ways. The ways of the romans and greeks were brought back because they were in a period were science is what mattered and the results of ideas needed to be backed with loads of facts. However the Church could not just let this happened so it started to restrict the individual from doing things that may harm the church and individualism and humanism was oppressed. Secular Humanism started to appear as they were the ones that did not believe in the bible and church but only believe those that had hard facts. This dispute between the two factions are still in motion to this day.
When the renaissance first started the fact that god was the one who created everything and was the only one that will create amazing things was popular. However that started to change as people especially artists believed that man could achieve things that others could not. Artists started to look into humanism and believed that they could start painting something new. They no longer had to paint all of their paintings for the church or contain a certain meaning relating back to religion. The artists started to become free and they started to paint self-portraits and they even sculpted a man out of marble. As people started to be more interested in the individual rather than the church great people such as Leonardo started to look into the structure of man and how it functioned. He even had notebook filled of human drawings and he was fascinated on how the individual worked. Michelangelo’s famous David was also an example of individualism as it depicted the perfect body and the perfect mind. Also the renaissance was the era that sparked creativity and people did not follow the ways that painters had done in the middle ages. While in the middle ages uniqueness was discouraged however in the renaissance people decided that the individual was more important than the church. As more people were aware of this they started to follow their footsteps and became more aware as themselves as individuals.