Primary sources reveal both the Founders' limited involvement with Freemasonry as well as the dramatic changes that Masonry has undergone since t In recent years, Freemasonry and its links to the Founding Fathers has been a focal point of controversy. Primary sources reveal both the Founders' limited involvement with Freemasonry as well as the dramatic changes that Masonry has undergone since the time of the Founders. This work provides an insightful history of the secret society and offers convincing proof of its relatively small influence on America's foundations.
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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Oct 21, Steve Cioccolanti rated it it was amazing. David Barton is a historian par excellence and goes about with precision to debunk the myths and expose the slander that the American Founding Fathers were into the occult like freemasonry. Not only are depictions of "George Washington the Mason" modern propagandist paintings, but also the city plan of Washington D. David has the largest David Barton is a historian par excellence and goes about with precision to debunk the myths and expose the slander that the American Founding Fathers were into the occult like freemasonry.
David has the largest library of the Founding Father's original writings, so it's hard to argue with him. Yes, there are some real conspiracies in history, but this urban myth is nothing more than a secular smear campaign against the Christian heritage of America. It falls under the category of fake news! Well worth a read to the fair-minded. Feb 21, Cindy Cunningham rated it really liked it Shelves: american-literature. Very clear, precise and well documented refutes to the urban legends and myths, that the Founding Fathers were Anti-Christian, Anti-Religious Illuminati or well versed and active in Freemasonry.
May 14, Teri rated it it was amazing Shelves: history. There is much propaganda that would have Americans believe their country was founded on occult principles of the supposedly inevitable New World Order via Freemasonry or the Illuminati. Both claim there are symbols "hidden in plain sight" that reveal a conspiracy has been there since the founding of this country There is much propaganda that would have Americans believe their country was founded on occult principles of the supposedly inevitable New World Order via Freemasonry or the Illuminati.
Both claim there are symbols "hidden in plain sight" that reveal a conspiracy has been there since the founding of this country, that the Founding Fathers were "in on it. I don't believe there is another scholar who knows more about the Founding Fathers, and most particularly the Christian founding of this country, than David Barton.
He is a walking encyclopedia and avid collector of original source documents. This book is completely referenced and footnoted the book is only pages, and yet there are source references given! He debunks the notion that every Founding Father was a Freemason. Very few actually were, and some of the main movers and shakers had nothing to do with freemasonry at all such as Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.
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Even George Washington only attended a lodge meeting four times in 30 years, mostly as a young man in his 20's-- despite modern propaganda paintings showing him wearing the Freemason apron and presiding at lodges and the laying of the Capitol cornerstone this latter one is shown in the Decoded episode-- and just for the record, that particular painting was done in !
The conclusion of this book was that America's founding was indeed Christian and untainted by occult beginnings. But like any good thing, the adversary has worked hard to undermine that founding via revisionist history and by the corrupting of American symbols for its own Satanic purposes. I highly recommend this book. You'll better understand American history and not be duped by detractors. My sole complaint was that the book didn't have an index. You can listen to the archived program here. Search for the correct date to listen to this program. View 1 comment.
Jul 22, Jimmy rated it really liked it. This is a well written work by David Barton, who owns the largest library of the United States' Founding Father writing. Barton's work challenges the popularly held belief that the Founding Fathers were made up largely of Free-Masons who were Anti-Christians or Diests, and instead defends the thesis that the Founding Fathers were heavily Christians.
For such a controversial topic, the book does a good job in remaining fairly balance concerning Free-Masonry, even refuting some of the conspiracy t This is a well written work by David Barton, who owns the largest library of the United States' Founding Father writing. For such a controversial topic, the book does a good job in remaining fairly balance concerning Free-Masonry, even refuting some of the conspiracy theory about Free-Masonry. It is also heavily documented from primary sources, and in the age of Google book search, the footnotes is a great treasure to read the evidence yourself.
The author does a good job in the logical presentation of the book, beginning first with the evidence of who were Free-Mason and even those who were clearly not Free-Masons! Having studied previously a bit on Benjamin's Franklin's "Deism" the book's discussion on Benjamin Franklin was for me a litmus test of the book's accuracy, which I found to be pretty accurate. The real treat for me was Barton's discussion about George Washington as an inactive member of Free-Masonry and also the evidence from Washington himself referring to Jesus in refuting the charge I have heard often from Secular Skeptics and atheists that Washington never mentioned "Jesus" in the corpus of his life's work.
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I recommend this book. Jun 24, Melissa rated it really liked it Shelves: history-nonfiction , christian-nonfiction , books-my-family-owns. This was an good book on the problems with the theory that the majority of the founding fathers were Freemasons, and that thus our nation was built on paganism. Written clearly and strewn with black and white pictures, this book is more interesting than I thought it would be and quite informative.
The author is a professed Christian and a best-selling author. Some people doubt his credibility, but we ought to be careful in believing negative things said about people, as the truth can be twisted. I believe his historical quotes and such things are accurate, although I don't agree with all his personal beliefs and theology. View 2 comments. Jul 27, Danny rated it it was amazing. Great book. Compact and yet full of information and citations showing that early American Freemasonry was not anti-Christian, but was rather very pro-Christian allowing only Christian membership.
This book also shows that the majority of the founding fathers were not Freemasons and those few who were were typically strong Christians or at least pro-Christianity. A great read.
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Sep 18, Trisha rated it liked it. What is the fear of admitting these guys were freemasons? No one wants to admit it.
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Is it so very bad? I see it as an intellectual society. I must be missing something Sep 07, Faye rated it it was amazing. There are really so few "secrets" which a Mason is required to keep, and so much that he should be proud to proclaim to others, that his principal concern in answering questions is probably the doubt that he can give an adequate Masonic reply.
The esoteric parts of the ritual work, the grips and pass-words of the three degrees, these are really the only "secrets" which should be kept inviolate. Because it is impossible to communicate to the uninitiated the joys and satisfactions of brotherhood experienced in "the labors of the lodge," this too becomes a secret because it is inexpressible.
But there is so much that can be told about Freemasonry, about the particular lodge, about the individual Mason, that the real problem in answering the question, "What do the Masons do? He can point out that Freemasonry is an educational organization.
By means of the ritualistic ceremonies and other educational programs, Masons learn and teach the truths of morality, justice, patriotism, and the necessity of brotherly love to achieve those universal ideals. Reverence for the Great Architect is inculcated because men are brothers only if they are related to God as the, sons of the Creator Father. He can explain that Masonic meetings, while resembling the meetings of any organized society, have a distinctly Masonic character..
They are opened and closed with prayer. They are patriotic because the nation's flag is kept in an honored place in the lodge and properly saluted with the pledge of allegiance. They are opened and closed with Masonic ceremonies to remind the members of the principal purposes of the Fraternity, which are to develop brotherly love and respect for truth, not the truths of scientific facts or history, but the truths which guide a man to live happily and harmoniously with his fellow man. For that reason Masonic meetings do not permit the introduction of discussions about sectarian religious differences or partisan political opinions.
A Masonic lodge, if it is working seriously, teaches its members the principles involved in attaining a universal Brotherhood of Man under the Fatherhood of God. A Mason is also free to explain that Freemasonry is a charitable organization, which acts to relieve the distress of local individuals who are victims of calamity, and that it has created programs and institutions to care for its needy senior citizens, or to provide scholarship aid for worthy and needy young people in college.