Freemasonry
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1. History, a) Period of workers’ Masonry. Freemasonry has been credited with many fantastic origins (for example, Solomon’s Temple, the mystery religions of antiquity, the Knights Templar, Rosicrucianism, and others). In fact it derives from the medieval builders. The name comes from England, where “free mason” means one who works in freestone (sound stone), as opposed to a “rough mason”. Freemasons had certain secrets concerning their technique and their organization (words, signs, grips designed to…

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Alec Mellor, “Freemasonry”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 30 April 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-483X_smuo_COM_001590>
First published online: 2016



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