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Morals And Dogma of the Ancient And Accepted Sottish Rite of Freemasonry Hardcover – 1942

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1079 pages
  • Publisher: Jenkins - Charleston; Reprint edition (1942)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000LA5NI8
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.5 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,919,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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97 of 100 people found the following review helpful By R. G. Somebody on March 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Morals and Dogma by Albert Pike no longer has the prominence among Scottish Rite Masons as it once held. Most likely because the majority of people it was presented to throughout the years never bothered to read it, but possibly because it is such a daunting task to try and understand what he is referring to. I usually finish a book of 900 pages in about 4 days; I've been reading this book since Thanksgiving, four months for roughly 865 pages. It's not that Pike writes above the head of any reader, it's just if you want to be thorough when your reading something as reflective as Morals and Dogma, it's good to cross reference many of the works alluded to by the author and tries to get a broader understanding of what he is talking about. I'll go ahead and make the standard disclaimer here, this book has nothing to do with establishing a religious creed for anyone reading it, and it is not the book I would recommend for the beginner who is researching Masonic lore. What Pike does, and in a masterful way, is take each of the 32 degrees of the Scottish Rite, and lifts the veils (reveals) of the allegories hidden behind each of the ceremonies (ritual is more correct, but it denotes too many ties with religion in our current lexicon). Each chapter is a degree of the Scottish Rite, and each one attempts to show the reader where the symbolism originally came from, and then cross references it with all of the religious and philosophical systems that had existed at the time of its writing.Read more ›
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100 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Magnus on August 15, 2006
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I first looked Albert Pike up on the Internet, because my friend, Andrew, told me that as the founder of the Ku Klux Klan, he was the most evil American. Many sources claim that Pike espoused slavery in 1857 while practicing law in Arkansas. And it's easy to find references to him all over the Internet saying that he worshipped Lucifer and had demonic intentions of bringing the world under the totalitarian control of the Illuminati in an apocalyptic Third World War; that he could even see far enough ahead to help engineer the modern conflict between the West and Islam and so on and so forth.

He's born and raised in Boston, considered a Founding Father. And prior to the Civil War he was firmly against secession, but he nonetheless joined the Confederate Army and was put in charge of working with the Indians, because he got along with them so well. And then he did a terrible job as a General and was even arrested on counts of insubordination and treason. And he's the only Confederate soldier who has a statue in Washington. Hmmm...

Of course, in past times, I wouldn't have been allowed to read his book, not only because I'm not an Nth degree Freemason, but because I'm just a girl. So, of course, I bought the book about a year ago, and I've been reading it slowly every evening, and then rereading passages that I felt didn't quite sink in.

Every page is infused with such heart, and such depth of wisdom and such erudition.

And there's just no way the author of this book sought the downfall of Christianity or Islam or Buddhism or any other religion. And there's no way he regarded other races and peoples as inferior...
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Lee Duncan on July 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
What is the philosophy inculcated by the Masonic Fraternity? Why have so many renowned men such as George Washington, Mozart, Benjamin Franklin, Harry S. Truman, and Sir Winston Churchill found in Masonic membership keys to leading enlightened lives? 'Morals and Dogma', written by poet, philosopher, frontiersman, soldier, humanitarian and philanthropist Albert Pike, explores in this volume answers to these questions, along with commentaries on religious and philosophical beliefs throughout history. Recommended to everyone who is interested in philosophy and comparative religion, but more especially to the Mason who desires a more thorough understanding of his fraternity.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Joe S. Swick on January 24, 2011
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Albert Pike's Morals & Dogma is a masterful introduction to comparative religion and philosophy. It is largely a compilation, drawing upon numerous authors of the past. While the flow of the text is criticized by some, I would point out that Pike's ability to weave a coherent and consistent text from the quotes of a large number of notable philosophers, religionists and writers is a significant feat.

Pike chose to keep these individuals anonymous in this compilation not as an act of plagiarism, but because he felt it very important that readers engage the ideas presented on their own merits (or lack thereof), rather than accepting or discarding ideas because of who authored them. No idea in Morals and Dogma is intended to be accepted . . . well . . . dogmatically. Rather, Pike's purpose is to present ideas which are worthy of consideration, and to cause readers to exercise the minds over what is presented. The result is hopefully greater understanding and tolerance of differing systems of belief.

Pike's method has led to some misunderstanding as to how to read the text, and how specific concepts relate to Freemasonry. I will not answer that issue here, but will suggest that the content of Morals & Dogma is indeed worthy of the thoughtful consideration of any educated adult. I highly recommend it.

Then why a one-star rating? Because the specific Kindle edition I am reviewing has no linked table of content, is poorly formatted, and contains none of the illustrations of the original. These illustrations are sometimes critical for understanding the text, and it is a serious oversight to fail to include them in a Kindle edition of this Masonic classic.

My suggestion? Wait for a better edition, then buy.
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