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A Pilgrim's Path: Freemasonry and the Religious Right Hardcover – October 14, 1993
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As a Christian, I am saddened by the fact that a small but very vocal subset of those who share my faith is so eager to find and combat "bogeymen" that they demonize such groups as the Freemasons. Some feel the same way about Roman Catholics. Those who engage in this are largely divorced from reality. Nonetheless, they find plenty of "confirmation" in an on- and offline echo chamber of like minded people who embellish and repeat the same accusations over and over. I've found you can't argue with such people; they are convinced they possess knowledge about their bogeymen that less fanatical souls don't, when, of course, the exact opposite is true.
Anyone wishing to take a peek behind the scenes of rabid Mason-haters will learn a lot from the first section of this book. Those who want to understand more about Masons and how they might deal with the issue will enjoy the second section. Though I am not a Mason myself, I have several friends and relatives who are, and who have benefited immensely from the organization and its charities. While Masonry is currently declining, I'm not worried that it will survive. I'm more concerned about how its detractors, especially some sincere Christians, poison not the Masons but themselves with their hatred and their kooky accusations. While this book may not convince them, it may help some thoughtful people to avoid joining them. If it does, it has done a great service.
The second part of the book offers suggestions for the continuity of the craft and details the charitable works of Freemasonry. Robinson offers several recommendations for new membership and in getting existing members to return to meetings. His explanation of the charity shown by Freemasons to Masonic families and non-Masons alike demonstrates the truly charitable nature of the fraternity.
This book has caused me to delve deeper into the history of Freemasonry and I've just purchased Robinson's other two books.
While not a "tell all" or an encyclopedia of all things Masonry (for that I'd highly recommend Freemasonry for Dummies, another wonderful book) this is basically an excellent introduction to the Craft and a perfect book for anyone interested in joining or even for the spouse or significant other of a Mason or Mason-to-be. You needn't worry about learning too much or being bogged down with every detail with this book and it's perfect for anyone looking to join or related to someone who is (or wants to become) a member of the Craft.
If you are interested in learning some of history of Freemasonry, what it is, and how it's affected America, look no further. As mentioned, if you want to know the whole "nuts and bolts" of Freemasonry and are looking for an encyclopedia of the subject, be sure to also read Freemasonry for Dummies.
It should be noted that at the time of writing this book, Mr. Robinson was NOT a Mason. I found this to be preferable. He's simply someone who researched and wrote about his un-biased findings while helping to clear up various myths, half truths and outright lies regarding Freemasonry.
I would definitely recommend it and I'm currently getting ready to read his other book on the subject, "Born in Blood".