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4.0 out of 5 stars The Secret Traditions of Freemasonry
Dr Robert Lomas is known to us for his best selling works depicting his personal journeys in demystifying Freemasonry through science and research, his collaborative works with Chris Knight and his biographical work on the Royal Society and Nikola Tesla. This book, "The Secrets of Freemasonry" is somewhat of a departure from what we've seen from Dr Lomas before. Does this...
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3.0 out of 5 stars secrets of freemasonry
As a member of the craft I found it might be of interest to the lay man who wishes to form uneducated opinions as to the workings of the craft, but most of the book was just supposition with only a very little inkling of near truth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Secret Traditions of Freemasonry, 28 Jun 2006
This review is from: The Secrets of Freemasonry: Revealing the Suppressed Tradition (Paperback)
Dr Robert Lomas is known to us for his best selling works depicting his personal journeys in demystifying Freemasonry through science and research, his collaborative works with Chris Knight and his biographical work on the Royal Society and Nikola Tesla. This book, "The Secrets of Freemasonry" is somewhat of a departure from what we've seen from Dr Lomas before. Does this book reveal the secrets of Freemasonry? No. It is a history text comprising the freshly indexed works of five well known writers (in Masonic circles) of the 'secret' traditions of Masonic Lore - the writers being; Preston, Gould, Ward, Waite and Wilmsurst. The five put forward many theories; Is Freemasonry a 'modern' extension of the Knights Templars? Is it Druidic in basis? Is it all from the Temple of Sion? Are some of the rituals Egyptian? How about Roman?

Each of these writers have examined the roots of the traditions of Freemasonry and published their works, and to a lesser or greater degree been flayed in review by the United Grand Lodge of England. Did Freemasonry start in London in 1717? None of the cited writers seem to think so hence UGLEs strange condemnation of them - I say strange because UGLE sanctions the delivery of the "Prestonian" lectures recognising Preston's obvious learned achievements, but insists upon a very non-Prestonian content. Unsurprising as Preston believes in significantly earlier roots reaching into early Briton Druidic practice, somewhat at odds with the UGLE 'party line'. Gould, Ward, Waite and Wilmhurst also disagree with UGLE and the Lodge of Quatuor Coronati, the 'official' historians, although the four and Preston don't agree on a common set of roots.

Dr Lomas offers a commentary and continuity in this work with conclusions summarising the context and the main thrust of each of the writers' five respective works and so has compiled a reference text that should be useful to Freemason and non-brethren alike. The book is a history text so do not expect the usual Lomas explanatory journey, but do expect to see contrasting and sometimes conflicting views of the secret traditions of Freemasonry. In reading the text I am no closer to a documented definitive truth, however, the options offered are certainly food for thought. Additionally, those interested in the history of the 'oldest' and most 'ancient' will find useful information in the form of minutes and commentary from the lodges.

A challenging and informative work, leading to the obvious question to ask yourself - "What do *you* believe?"
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3.0 out of 5 stars secrets of freemasonry, 15 Aug 2013
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As a member of the craft I found it might be of interest to the lay man who wishes to form uneducated opinions as to the workings of the craft, but most of the book was just supposition with only a very little inkling of near truth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lively challenge to accepted Masonic historic interpretation., 29 May 2014
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For any mason who is interested in where and how masonry developed of past years. Robert Lomas with his undoubted academic and scientific backgound. Has taken considerable time to distill a great deal of historical writing, to put the case that masonry is a great deal older than that perceived by other masonic historians. He makes a strong case that the accepted history is really only a small part and not the begginning of masonry as that stated by UGL, for the reader to consider.
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4.0 out of 5 stars love, 20 July 2014
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It's so interesting and mysterious.love it
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Polemic Against QC and UGLE, 24 Jan 2013
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There is a lot to be said for this book; the author covers a wide range of classic explantions about the origins of craft freemasonry, and it is well written and researched. However he seems to have a personal issue with QC Lodge and the UGLE 'official history', which spoils the tone of the book in parts.
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