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on 8 December 2004
I Loved the book although,at times it could be a bit "heavy." For those who can persevere, It is a great reference to all interested in Freemasonry and all its related subjects.... as are all the previous books by the same authors... Nobody knows where they came from... but this book gives some amazing scope for thought and sows the seeds for those who are wiling to propagate and cultivate all the shoots that arise! Freemasonry in Scotland (my territory) and England differ somewhat incredibly, and to me as a very open-minded Freemason, this book should be read by all, whether sceptics or those involved in the subject. the rites referred to in the second part of the book titled "The Masonic Testament" are in particular very pertinent to Scottish traditions, and many shown are still adhered to in posterity.
The "Book of Hiram" as far as I am concerned shows considerable respect by the authours to those Scottish Masons who will uphold and maintain the rites passed down by our ancestors who held the same beliefs. One of the most truthful quotes from this book reads...."Freemasonry claims that it is not a religion and that it is compatible with the belief systems of all religions. Although it does provide a focal point for many people who are not active in any particular faith and for them it is a replacement for religion in that it provides spiritual values without a requirement to subscribe to an entire belief system."
I think this says it all for most freethinking Masons....please read this book if you want the best up-to-date version of what it is all about!