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Q:   WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF FREEMASONRY AND WHY HAVE GREAT MEN AFFILIATED WITH THE CRAFT FOR NEARLY THREE CENTURIES?

A:   There is no simple definition of Freemasonry - ask ten Freemasons to define the fraternity and you'll get ten different answers - but that is because Freemasonry is a "big tent" that appeals to men of all ages, races, creeds, interests, professions, and socio-economic status. Freemasonry, first and foremost, is a self-improvement organization that gives its members the tools to better themselves and grow as individuals. Each Mason leads himself on his journey, so different men grow by being involved with different aspects of the Craft that appeal to their interests and needs.

Freemasonry is a fraternity of men that teaches philosophy and a system of morality. Masons are bound together by oaths based on the traditions of the medieval stonemason guilds and all Masonic law, legends, and customs are based on the Ancient Charges of those guilds. Masons obligate themselves to practice brotherly love, relief, secrecy, equality, and to uphold the ancient practices of the fraternity.

Masonry is not a religion, nor a substitute for religion, and it teaches no religious dogma nor does it offer a plan for salvation. It is however religious in its character. All Masons must believe in a Supreme Being and obligate themselves to the Craft on the Holy Book of their faith. Non-denominational prayers are offered at all Masonic functions and each man interprets references to "God" for himself.

Masonry is not a science, but does teach its members to value learning and experience. It encourages members to think and expand their mind but it does not tell them what to think. It also teaches tolerance of others beliefs and opinions and to regard each man as their equal, deserving of their respect.

Our brotherhood leads to lifelong friendships; it offers the opportunity serve others; it opens our minds and encourages us to become "thinkers." It is no coincidence that great men for nearly 300 years have been initiated into our order.

"Freedom of Thought, Religion, and Conscience. Freemasonry is not for Everyone."

GRAND LODGE OF PA

 

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