There are many myths and theories about Freemasonry and it becomes difficult to distinguish between what’s a myth and what’s the truth.
Throughout the many years of Freemasonry, rumors have brought about plenty of wrong information, misguided accusations, and all-around “illiteracy” about the Craft.
This is why today, we’d like to share some (truthful) facts and trivia about Freemasonry which I’m sure you will find interesting.
Some may come as a surprise and others you may already know but nevertheless, we hope you enjoy this article.
12 Quick Facts About The Freemasons (Explained Below):
Fact #1: 300+ Years Of Freemasonry
The conventional establishment of Freemasonry dates back to 1717 when the Grand Lodge of London emerged on 24th June.
It was the emergence of this Grand Lodge that marked the beginning of Grand Lodges governing other lodges.
Fact #2: The Third Degree Of Freemasonry
In fact, it only started in the 1720s, and it took quite some time to spread through Masonic lodges.
Fact #3: The Anderson’s Constitution
The Grand Lodge of England modified Anderson’s Constitution in 1815 to clarify the question of religion in Freemasonry.
The Anderson’s Constitution originally stated that a Freemason can “never be a stupid Atheist nor an irreligious libertine”, but later was modified to “let a man’s religion or mode of worship be what it may”, professing freedom of religion and of worship.
Fact #4: Charles Darwin Was A Freemason
Charles Darwin was a Freemason! Darwin became a Freemason in Scotland, and his grandfather and son were also Freemasons.
Fact #5: Freemasonry In The 1700s
Freemasons played a great part in the Enlightenment. In the late 1700s, they helped reform society.
Since the beginning, Freemasonry has valued human consciousness and reason, and these values were transmitted to the Enlightenment when people were fighting for the freedom of worship and speech, public education, and a democratic government.
Fact #6: All Men Are Created Equal
Freemasons were also the first advocates of equality.
The fraternity has always disregarded social distinctions and was one of the first organizations in the world to believe that all men are equal.
Fact #7: The Origins Of Masonic Symbols
Freemasonic symbols are usually regarded as existing because of the secrecy of the fraternity.
However, in reality, Freemasonry was illustrated by symbols because, in the very beginning, most stonemasons were illiterate, thus the symbols served to remind the members of the teachings of the Fraternity.
Fact #8: The Square & Compasses
The oldest Masonic symbol is the square and compasses.
It is also the most universally recognized symbol of Freemasonry, even though its exact significance varies in different countries.
The Square usually symbolizes morality, while the Compasses symbolize the wisdom of conduct.
Together they mostly symbolize the harmony and perfection experienced when one lives in honesty and follows the path of righteousness.
Fact #9: “On The Level”
The term “on the level”, which was used to describe someone who is truthful and honest, was actually derived from Freemasonry, where the “level” symbolizes being straightforward and truthful.
Fact #10: Freemasonry In The American Civil War
During the American civil war, enemy soldiers who recognized each other as Freemasons helped each other and saved each other’s lives.
Even during the war, these Freemasons’ loyalty to the craft did not fade away.
Fact #11: Is Freemasonry A Cult?
While Freemasonry is often considered a cult, there are actually quite a few components that separate it from other know cults.
First of all, to become a Freemason a man has to ask a Freemason, while members of a cult are always looking for new recruits.
It is also very easy to leave Freemasonry. On the other hand, once part of a cult, it can be extremely difficult to leave.
Fact #12: The Tallest Building In The World
In 1892, a Masonic building spread out over 22 floors used to be the world’s tallest building.
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