Fact a Day: July 19th - Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show

Fact a Day: July 19th

The Facts on The Masonic Lodge (Harvest House, 1989), pp. 12-13

 

Is Freemasonry another religion?

 

Let us begin with the definition of religion from Webster’s New World Dictionary which defines religion as: 1) “[a] belief in a divine or superhuman power…to be obeyed and worshipped as the Creator and ruler of the universe; 2) expression of …[this] belief in conduct and ritual.”

Now, would any Mason deny that Freemasonry fits this definition of religion as given by Webster? Is it not true that Masonry demands belief in a Supreme Being? Would any Mason deny that their authoritative Ritual describes exactly how they are to express this belief in conduct and ceremony? In brief, can any Freemason say Masonry is not a religion? The answer is obviously “No.”

But Masons do not need to take our word for it. They only need to listen to their respected Masonic authorities. The number-one author recommended by the Grand Lodges was Henry Wilson Coil and his Masonic Encyclopedia. Coil quotes the definition of religion given by Funk and Wagnalls’ New Standard Dictionary (1941), and then asserts that Freemasonry fits not only this definition, but also fits the dictionary definition of what constitutes a “church.” Coil states:

“Freemasonry certainly requires a belief in the existence of, and man’s dependence upon, a Supreme Being to whom he is responsible. What can a church add to that, except to bring into one fellowship those who have like feelings?…That is exactly what the Lodge does.”*

In other words, Coil is saying that not only is Freemasonry a religion, but Freemasonry also functions as a religion as much as a church does.

*For full documentation please see The Facts on The Masonic Lodge.

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