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That Religion in Which All Men Agree: Freemasonry in American Culture by [Hackett, David G.]
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"This study of "Freemasonry in American Culture" offers a new perspective on the evolution of American society over more than two centuries. With its impeccable historical scholarship, the volume provides an important insight into the public sphere and an alternative to Habermas's assumptions about the inherent secularity of public culture with the rise of bourgeois society."--Bryan S. Turner"Critical Research on Religion" (12/01/2014)

"A scholarly work, it is easily read but fully documented with an exhaustive index, huge bibliography, and complete footnotes. Don t miss this one for sure!"--Ed King, Grand Librarian"Grand Lodge of Maine" (04/23/2014)"

"The book is particularly strong in its careful attention to historical self-understanding, myth and narrative, historical symbolism, and temporality. Future research on Freemasonry will benefit greatly from it."--Matthew Crow"Journal of Interdisciplinary History" (05/12/2015)

"Not only engaging, but also adds significantly to our understanding of Prince Hall Masonry and the African American Church, Freemasonry and Native Americans, and Jews and Catholics."--Clyde R. Forsberg, Jr."American Historical Review" (06/01/2015)

"This is a fine study. Extensive in scope and lucidly written . . . Breaks new ground."--R. William Weisberger"The Journal of American History" (06/28/2015)

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"In David Hackett’s deeply researched and compellingly written study, the Masons step directly into American religious history. Hackett presents Freemasonry as a bricolage of Enlightenment pretensions, Romanticism dreams, Christian inheritances, fragments of 'ancient' wisdom, and Native American lore. It is a surprisingly multicultural story, and in Hackett's telling, Freemasonry helped create the modern American public sphere by offering a forum for collective action and male solidarity. That Religion in Which All Men Agree is religious history on a grand scale." —Robert Orsi, Grace Craddock Nagle Chair in Catholic Studies and Professor of Religious Studies and History at Northwestern University

"There are many studies of Freemasonry, but none like this one. Combining original research with a 'big picture' synthetic story about the history of Freemasonry, That Religion in Which All Men Agree is a valuable and useful work of scholarship." —Paul Harvey, coauthor of The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America

"Professor Hackett examines Freemasonry as a radically tolerant power uniting European Americans and enabling men of different backgrounds—African American, Native American, Jewish, and Catholic—to integrate into the larger American society. He demonstrates how Freemasonry was used to conciliate true friendship among those who might otherwise have remained at a perpetual distance and clearly establishes the Fraternity as a robust and complex force in the evolution of American society." —S. Brent Morris, Past Master, Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076, London

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  • File Size: 1471 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (January 31, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 31, 2014
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  • Language: English
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By S. Eyer on November 29, 2014
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Reviewed by Shawn Eyer, as published in the Spring 2014 issue of Philalethes: The Journal of Masonic Research and Letters, pp. 85–86:

Scholarly analysis of the cultural aspects of Freemasonry is always fascinating to consider, and That Religion in which All Men Agree: Freemasonry in American Culture is the latest entry in the field. The study’s author, Prof. David G. Hackett, earned his doctorate from Emory University, and is currently an Associate Professor in the Religion Department of the University of Florida. Since apologetic narratives have been so pronounced in recent internal discussions of the aspects of Freemasonry that intersect with religion, it is encouraging to see academic research on the subject. Sometimes topics that are difficult for participant-scholars to engage can be explored more freely by scholars from outside the Fraternity.

Prof. Hackett acknowledges the valuable work done in the field of Masonic studies through participant scholarship (represented by journals like Ars Quatuor Coronatorum and Heredom, and conferences like the ICHF) as well as recent academic research. He points out that some academic studies have “focused on the fraternity’s sociological and economic benefits while taking little interest in Freemasonry’s beliefs and practices.” (9) He identifies one scholar, Steven C. Bullock, as overcoming this pattern. “Rather than explain away the motives of Masonic brothers . . . Bullock takes their beliefs and activities seriously and through this approach provides the most convincing argument to date for the social and cultural significance of early American Freemasonry.
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