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The Dark Side of Freemasonry Paperback – September 1, 1994

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Huntington House Publishers (September 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563840618
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563840616
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,256,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ed Decker is Director of Saints Alive Ministries
[www.saintsalive.com], bringing the gospel to those lost in spiritual darkness. A Mormon who became a born-again Christian. Ed is a well known, best selling author on Mormonism, Masonry, and many other subjects. He is currently working on several novels.

Ed is a 79 year old retired pastor, still teaching, preaching. He is the host of the weekly radio program, The Decker Report [www.deckerreport.com]. Over 70 of his teachings on many subjects dealing with Christian life are available for free download.

Ed and his wife, Carol have 7 children, 13 grandchildren, 5 great grand children. Ed is also a devoted fly fisherman!

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Judging from the relatively high incidence of misspelled words, grammatically flawed sentences, and expressions of anger in earlier readers' reviews shown here, this book must provoke strong emotions in many who read it.
I felt disappointment.
I just wish it could have provided firm historical evidence relating to the question of whether (and if so, where, how, doing what, and with what organizational roots) Freemasonry existed prior to the early 1700s. I recognize that is a lot to ask when the subject of investigation sports a secretive history. Still, it seems to be a question sadly neglected by professional historians and left for those with an axe to grind one way or the other to write about.
If another reader knows of a book that has focused on objectively investigating the history of Freemasonry in England during the 1600s, I would be grateful if he or she would mention its author and title in a review of this book.
Thanks in advance.
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This is by far the best book on Masonry that has been written. As one who spent time in the craft and left bcause it was weighed in the balances and found wanting, I know the rituals, the teachings and the dogmas of this Godless cult. Decker lays them out in detail. I find no errors in his writings, no excesses and no overstatements.
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If you are looking for solid history, get a copy of David Stevenson's The Origins of Freemasonry : Scotland's Century, 1590-1710 (CUP, 1990). You will find what you are after between its covers. There are plenty more such scholarly books, so don't be dismayed by the sheer idoicy of the Fundamentalists or the low-brow replies of the Masons. Being a Mason myself, I must admit that the Fraternity can be its own worst enemy by not being forthcoming about material that is neither a "secret" nor a threat. In fact, there are a handful of books available from Amazon that really throw open the doors to all the so-called "secrets."
When a reasonably intelligent person, without an ideoligocal or theological axe to grind, sees this material with a clear head, the "threat" of the Fraternity dissolves and it can be seen for what it really is: a beneficent brotherhood teaching abstract lessons about characterological improvement, social decency, and the pursuit of virtue all undergirded by a powerful (but quiet) philanthropic apparatus. The wholly speculative "archeology" of Freemasonry is nowhere near as important as the hundreds upon thousands of children and adults who receive treatment from Masonic-sponsored charities ... gratis. And as a Mason with a few dozen degrees under my belt, I can say definitively that the Fundamentalist attack is wholly groundless: there is nothing in the rituals that even remotely approaches their preposterous and irrational fears.
Those who wish to attack Masonry ought to do their homework a little better, or get a brain transplant -- because there is no conspiracy!
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After reading Ed Decker's material, I have proof that he is right. I have my grandfather's 1910 2-volume edition of the Encyclopedia of Freemasonry published by the Masons themselves--everything he says is confirmed in there. The vows should be especially disturbing to a Bible believing Christian. They sound pretty harmless until you get to the higher orders--and downright blasphemous at the end. This review is really only for someone whose heart is set on pleasing God--anyone else won't understand and will take offense.
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I thought this would be in major detail of Ed Decker's childhood life of what he actually saw, but it's more of Christian's views of what people can look up online about what Mason's do.
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Anyone who says that this book is not well researched or written I would have to guess is a Mason and is protecting the image of Freemasonry. It's quite clear that the quotes in the book are from Freemasonry's teachings. They are the word of Pike who is the father of American Freemasonry. It's apparent that members were and are deliberately misled into believing false doctrine. I think it's sad that men choose to defend this garbage instead of standing up and denouncing an organization that is an obvious lie. Very sad how gullible these guys are. The authors supporting Ed Deckers position are the authors of Freemasonry. It doesn't get much clearer than that.
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I am very glad that I read and reviewed this book. But I say this only because it led to my discovering David Stevenson's excellent history. In "The Origins of Freemasonry: Scotland's Century, 1590-1710", Stevenson traces Freemasonry's humble, sober, workaday origins through the records of Scotland's stonemason lodges in the 1600s.
I wish to express my deepest thanks to the Rational Mason from Cape Cod, who responded so ably to my May 22 request for such a history. Stevenson's book provided exactly the solid, thoroughly researched history I was looking for, in exactly the century that concerned me. Now I understand why I didn't find it sooner: I'd been looking for it among the English, but the events I sought took place among the Scots!
Thanks again!
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