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Darkness Visible: A Christian Appraisal of Freemasonry Paperback – 1 May 1998
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Is being a Freemason compatible with one's duty to God as a practising Christian? That is the question which the Rev. Walton Hannah, then a Church of England clergyman (but later a Catholic priest), set himself to answer with the publication of his Darkness Visible in 1952. Over 45 years later, this classic is now in its 17th impression, and is as popular as ever. Hannah wrote this book to prove his conviction that for a religious or quasi-religious organisation such as Freemasonry to offer prayers and worship to God from which the name of Jesus Christ has been deliberately excluded represents the abandonment of the Christian faith which many of its members nevertheless profess to uphold. No intelligent answer to his case has ever been made. Darkness Visible has been continuously in print since 1952. It includes the entire and authentic texts of the Masonic ritual of the first three degrees and of the Royal Arch. The accuracy of these has never been questioned, and was confirmed to a special Working Group of the Synod of the Church of England in 1987 by Commander Higham, Grand Secretary of the United Grand Lodge of England. In 1983 Stephen Knight's informative, wide-ranging and best-selling critique of Freemasonry, The Brotherhood, devoted a number of pages to Hannah's book which, he said, "alone deals conclusively with the matter of whether or not Masonry is a religion".
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The accuracy of the Masonic Rituals is first class, indeed many Freemasons actually buy this book as an aid to learning their words and understanding more about The Craft. As to Rev Hannah's opinions, well, we all have an opinion and I feel his are shaped by his Romanist viewpoint. I personally feel that there are more incompatible issues between Christianity and Roman Catholicism than between Christianity and Freemasonry but do not feel the need to write a book on this nor do I condemn RCs who genuinely believe in and practice their faith. Masons do a great deal of good behind the scenes for those less fortunate both in the UK and abroad. So in fine, "Darkness Visible" 5 stars for accuracy of ritual with no invention, 5 "rasberries" for its subjective and biased opinions.
the non mason may find this interesting because it provides the basic ritual, albeit the 1950 version which is now out of date and has changed somewhat.
anybody who wants to believe that masons are wicked will be encouraged, those with an open mind may find its symbolism attractive. happy to discuss with any reader.