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Subtitle: established Upon the traditional files on the subject of, and the Monuments Erected by means of This Fraternity From Its starting place within the 12 months 715 B.c. to the current Time normal Books e-book date: 2009 unique book date: 1869 unique writer: American masonic publishing organization matters: physique, brain
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It elevation to the himself in a knowledge of the architecture peculiar to those countries. superior knowledge of the workmen who had pracamong the early refugees in Scotland began to be generally recognized at the beginning of the eighth The ticed their art century, and to stamp its expression upon the buildings erected in Britain. This fact produced a particular modification in the constitution of the lodges. While the general assemblies of Masons occupied themselves with archi- tecture of a general character, particular members of the fraternity formed themselves into a separate organization, that aimed to copy exclusively after the Scottish models, and, for each important work, these admirable models were most rigorously followed.
These, generally laying aside the material object of the institution, which them had no charms, attached themselves to its mysand founded, outside of the lodges of__w_oukmen, lodges whose labors were entirely moral and^pMlafor tical sense, But,, almost immediately after becoming known sophic. to" the clergy, these lodges were met by that intolerant which superior knowledge, if unauthorized by the Church, did, in those days of general ignorance, receive at their hands, and the members of these lodges were accused of introducing schisms among the laity, and troubles and sedition into the temporal sovereignty, disaffection toward the Pontiff and all other sovereigns, and, in fine, of the wish to re-establish the Order of the plar, aiicTto^reveuge the deatTToTthe and other officers of that Order upon the descendants of the kings and princes who were accessory thereto.
He made of light and darkness spirits of good and spirits of evil, regarding the former as the good being, and the latter another ; light the benefactor; darkness the destroyer. And this worship of light of every degree necessarily led to sun worship or Sabeism, which we see diffused as the evil one; among Europe all the primitive peoples of the earth as well in and among the Incas of as in Asia, in Africa, America. It is thus that the Hindoos adored in Brahma the sun of summer, the creator, the genius of good; and in Shiva the sun of winter, the destroyer, the genius of evil; that the Persians reverenced the good principle in Oromaze, and the bad in Ahrimane; that the Egyptians adored same principles in Osiris and Typhon and the Israelites in Jehovah and the Serpent, without stopping to consider that this adoration was a worship of stars, or these ; a worship of the changes of nature.