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Isaac Newton's Freemasonry: The Alchemy of Science and Mysticism

Isaac Newton's Freemasonry: The Alchemy of Science and Mysticism [Kindle Edition]

Alain Bauer
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"This slim volume, written under the authority of the Masonic Institute of France, with a foreword by the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of France, provides a comprehensive story of Freemasonry."

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An exploration of how modern Freemasonry enabled Isaac Newton and his like-minded contemporaries to flourish

• Shows that Freemasonry, as a mystical order, was conceived as something new--an amalgam of alchemy and science that had little to do with operative Freemasonry

• Reveals how Newton and his friends crafted this “speculative,” symbolic Freemasonry as a model for the future of England

• Connects Rosslyn Chapel, Henry Sinclair, and the Invisible College to Newton and his role in 17th-century Freemasonry

Freemasonry, as a fraternal order of scientists and philosophers, emerged in the 17th century and represented something new--an amalgam of alchemy and science that allowed the creative genius of Isaac Newton and his contemporaries to flourish. In Isaac Newton’s Freemasonry, Alain Bauer presents the swirl of historical, sociological, and religious influences that sparked the spiritual ferment and transformation of that time. His research shows that Freemasonry represented a crossroads between science and spirituality and became the vehicle for promoting spiritual and intellectual egalitarianism. Isaac Newton was seminal in the “invention” of this new form of Freemasonry, which allowed Newton and other like-minded associates to free themselves of the church’s monopoly on the intellectual milieu of the time.

This form of Freemasonry created an ideological blueprint that sought to move England beyond the civil wars generated by its religious conflicts to a society with scientific progress as its foundation and standard. The “science” of these men was rooted in the Hermetic tradition and included alchemy and even elements of magic. Yet, in contrast to the endless reinterpretations of church doctrine that fueled the conflicts ravaging England, this new society of Accepted Freemasons provided an intellectual haven and creative crucible for scientific and political progress. This book reveals the connections of Rosslyn Chapel, Henry Sinclair, and the Invisible College to Newton’s role in 17th-century Freemasonry and opens unexplored trails into the history of Freemasonry in Europe. 

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 723 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions; Tra edition (22 Mar 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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3.0 out of 5 stars Preaching to the converted but useful 30 Dec 2009
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I read about half of this, before I got distracted even though it was not a large work.
Written by a Freemason, it is not necessarily balanced. It simply states Newton was a Freemason without providing much evidence.
And it seems to be written for other Masons, not the general public or the sceptical scholars, who would I imagine, dismiss this kind of work.
However I found it useful as a source, as it covers the ground that Newton scholars leave out.
One suggestion is that since the Royal Society was itself a Masonic construct, its members, would also have been Masons.
My feeling is that what Bauer says here is probably true, Newton's obsession with the temple in Jerusalem and its size and dimensions is very typical of Masonic concerns.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to see here 24 Nov 2007
By Christopher L. Hodapp - Published on
This disappointing book by Grand Master of the Grand Orient de France, Alain Bauer reads more like a slightly extended after dinner speech. The actual meat of the text is just 80 pages long, culled from other (better) books. It is padded with additional, and almost totally unrelated, material, including a timeline of the development of French Freemasonry, for no apparent reason. Unfortunately a bad case of misleading packaging.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Almost Worthless 12 Aug 2010
By Tom - Published on
This book was translated into English from French, and many of the references are French sources. The author was Grand Master of the Grand Orient masonry, but the book is pathetically inadequate, an almost worthless introduction to the subject, only for someone who has no knowledge about the subject at all, a very brief summary of an unproven hypothesis, not worthy of receiving a passing grade for a college paper. The author summarizes references to entire books by a mere single sentences, many of the references being books written in French. There is very little discussion of alchemy or mysticism, and the evidence for Newton being a Freemason is only a very small amount of merely circumstantial evidence. The author conceals, rather than reveals, which is typical for a Freemason, and typical for Freemasonry which requires bloody oaths of secrecy from its membership. A pathetic example of Masonic so-called scholarship. At most, this book might provide a few bibliography references for deeper research.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Isaac Newton's Freemasonry 24 Sep 2007
By H. Ferris - Published on
A huge disappointment. No light to be found here.

The title suggests that the subjects of alchemy, science, and mysticism will be explored through the mind and actions of Isaac Newton. But the text fails to deliver.
6 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't take his word 22 Jan 2008
By Jason S. Wamsley - Published on
The Grand Orient of France ignores some very important rules of Freemasonry and therefore are not recogized by other Grand Lodges, leaving them clandestine. I'm not saying that this fellow cannot do research, but if your views are already skewed by clandestine masonry then who is to say your research isn't as well?
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