What do Masons believe?
Freemasonry is based on the belief that each man can make a difference in the world by improving himself and taking an active role in his community. It is a charitable, benevolent, educational fraternity. The only spiritual requirement is that Masons believe in a Supreme Being. The nature of that belief is entirely up to the individual.
What do Masons do?
Charity is at the heart of
Most Masonic activities. Each year, California Masons donate millions of dollars and thousands of hours to both small and large philanthropic causes. Masons were instrumental in establishing the public education system
In the United States and also have an ongoing commitment to public schools. The California Masonic Foundation has awarded more than $5 million in scholarships the past four years.
What happens in the degree rituals? Is there really a "death ritual" '
Masons promise not
To discuss the specifics of contemporary Masonic ritual outside the fraternity. In general, though, the rituals described in "The Lost Symbol" are not accurate. Dan Brown appears
To have drawn his content from various anti-
Is there a worldwide governing body in charge of all Masons?
No. Freemasonry is a universal brotherhood in that Masons
Share the same ideals, but there
Is no universal governing body
For Freemasonry. In the United States, each state has a grand lodge that oversees all the Masonic lodges in the state.
There is no higher authority
Than the grand lodge of a
State and there is no national headquarters. Outside the United States, there are one or
More grand lodges in virtually every country, which operates as independent and sovereign organizations. While all
Lodges follow the same principles of Freemasonry; there is no international governing body
Are Masons the keepers of the "ancient mysteries" discussed in "The lost Symbol"?
No. The ancient mysteries generally refer to a series of religious practices conducted
By religious fraternities in the lands around the Mediterranean Sea. Although some people
Theorize that Freemasonry grew out of these fraternities; there is no known historical connection