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Freemasons For Dummies Paperback – September 30, 2005
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"The book is a delight; no Masonic prudery here, no academic dry as dust chapters, no grand lodge views as determined by a camel of a committee... a simple, readable style that encourages one to read on." --The Square Magazine, March 2006
"Hodapp treats the topic with honesty and sincerity, but not with a cloying reverence. . . Highly recommended, especially for the new Mason." --Jim Tresner, Scottish Rite Journal
"No book since John Robinson's 'Born In Blood' has created more interest and excitement in Masonic circles and among the general public." --Carl Wilson, The Rite Recorder
"I think this book is the best thing that has happened to Freemasonry in many a moon, causing many a brother to read a Masonic book for the first time..." --Ralph Herbold, Southern California Research Lodge
“This might be the best general book on Freemasonry any Mason or non-Mason could want.”--Gary Dryfoos, A Page About Freemasonry
From the Back Cover
Covers Masonry's origins, purpose, and symbols
Your plain-English introduction to this ancient organization
Fascinated by Freemasons? This balanced, eye-opening guide demystifies Freemasonry, explaining everything from its elaborate rituals and cryptic rights to the veiled symbols and their meanings. You'll understand the Freemasonry philosophy, meet famous Masons throughout history, explore the many controversies and conspiracy theories that swirl around the organization, and discover the changes coming to the Craft.
Discover how to
- Get a handle on how this fraternal order operates
- Understand the degrees and groups of Freemasonry
- Gain knowledge of the Freemason degrees
- Recognize misconceptions about Masons
- Find a lodge
Top Customer Reviews
Freemasons for Dummies is written by Chris Hodapp, a Past Master of Masonic Lodges in Indiana, and a member of the Royal Arch Masons, Cryptic Masons, and the Knights Templar, along with many other accomplishments in Masonry. Chris Hodapp is certainly well qualified and knowledgeable about Masonry, and shares this knowledge in an enjoyable, easy to read writing style, that makes Freemasons for Dummies both informative and fun to read.
The book is divided into six major sections:
1. What Is Freemasonry ~ a history of Masonry, along with its philosophy and a discussion of some of ceremonies.
2. The Mechanics Of Freemasonry ~ explaining how Freemasons are organized, more about ceremonies, and the symbols of Freemasonry, along with a discussion of the myths and misconceptions surrounding the Masons.
3. Knights, Swords, Fezzes, And Dresses ~ discussing the appendant bodies of Freemasonry, such as the York and Scottish Rites, the Mystic Shrine, and the extended Masonic family.
4. Freemasons Today And Tomorrow ~ Is Masonry still relevant today? What is the future of the Masons? And... how to become a Mason yourself - 2B1Ask1.
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Brother Chris Hodapp has produced the very best one volume book on the general background of Freemasonry that I have ever read. As is true with all of the "for Dummies" series it is a primer about the subject. Since it is written in the style of the "for Dummies" books, it is an easy read and doesn't get bogged down in a lot of technicalities. However, since it is so general, there will be some Masons that will find that a few details don't fit their particular jurisdiction. This does not spoil the soup!
The history of the Craft covers the subject in an across-the-board manner that gives the reader enough to understand where it came from and how it evolved.
The section on religion is an excellent treatment that is fair to the objections of some religious bodies and helps the reader to understand some of the criticisms of Masonry. Yet it gives viable arguments that support Freemasonry in spite of some of these objections. And the hoaxes, myths and misconceptions about the fraternity are very well presented.
Explanations of the organization of Masonry and the history and place that the variety of appendant bodies have within the fraternity, are excellent.
The thoughts about the future of this centuries old fraternity are positive and even suggestions for its revitalization are interesting and timely.
This is THE book for anyone that does not know anything about the Craft as well as the member that may know something of his fraternity but can't quite put it all in perspective.Read more ›
I wouldn't have thought the subject matter would fit the "For Dummies" format very well, but it does. Although the book is encyclopedic in its coverage, it's always clear and lively, and it never takes itself too seriously. It's a fun and informative read, as well as a reference to return to. I recommend it as the best introduction to Freemasonry I've found.
Pick any topic addressed in Freemasons For Dummies-Masonic history, philosophy, symbolism, ritual, et. al. A trip to your local library will reveal dozens of tomes on every aspect of Freemasonry and its appendant bodies. Open almost any of the books and you will discover that much of it is written in language that in comparison would make the deed to your house read like a trash novel you might take along to the beach to pass the time while you catch a few rays. You will also find that there is no one book that adequately dissects all the basics of Freemasonry. The sad result is that there are a lot of Freemasons who know virtually nothing about the history of their ancient fraternity save what precious little they may have picked up in their lodgerooms over the years.Read more ›
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One of the best, factual, books on the subject of Freemasonry. It debunks the conspiracy theorists with factual evidence, and stops the conspiracists in their tracks.Published 9 months ago by Willie S. Matney
Great book explaining Freemasonry. It's not the secret dark world that is played by Hollywood, but rather friendly, fun, and teaches gentlemanship.Published 16 months ago by Ernie Lautsch