The Masonic Myth
Unlocking the Truth About the Symbols, the Secret Rites, and the History of Freemasonry
By Jay Kinney
(HarperOne, Paperback, 9780060822569, 288pp.)
Publication Date: September 2009
The Truth Revealed
Freemasons have been connected to the all-seeing eye on the dollar bill, the French Revolution, the Knights Templar, and the pyramids of Egypt. They have been rumored to be everything from a cabal of elite power brokers ruling the world to a covert network of occultists and pagans intent on creating a new world order, to a millennia-old brotherhood perpetuating ancient wisdom through esoteric teachings. Their secret symbols, rituals, and organization have remained shrouded for centuries and spawned theory after theory. The Masonic Myth sets the record straight about the Freemasons and reveals a truth that is far more compelling than the myths.
Jay Kinney is coauthor of Hidden Wisdom: A Guide to the Western Inner Traditions. For fifteen years, he was publisher and editor-in-chief of Gnosis, the premier journal covering esoteric traditions and spiritual paths. In addition, Kinney is a member of Mill Valley Lodge #356 and Mission Lodge #169, F&AM, in California; a member of the York Rite; and a 32° KCCH in the Scottish Rite. He has twice been a speaker at the California Masonic Symposium, and is a recipient of the Albert G. Mackey Award for Excellence in Masonic Research. He has extensive contacts within Freemasonry and, as librarian and director of research for the San Francisco Scottish Rite, has access to many resources and Masonic records that have eluded most popular writers on this topic.
‚eoe... a book which has the excitement of a thriller with the benefit of being factual. This is real-life (as opposed to ‚eoereality‚e ) Freemasonry. And it‚e(TM)s a great story!‚e
-Jim Tresner 33į Grand Cross, Book Review Editor, The Scottish Rite Journal
‚eoeThis should be the first book anyone reads about Freemasonry. Even those who know a lot about it will benefit from the broad and generous perspective that the founder of ‚eoeGnosis Magazine‚e brings to it.‚e
-Joscelyn Godwin, Colgate University. Author of The Theosophical Enlightenment and The Golden Thread
Kinney‚e(TM)s book, ‚eoeMasonic Myth,‚e delves into the mysterioushistory of the Freemasons and carefully dispels rumors and misconceptions about the brotherhood.
‚eoeThe Masonic Myth finally sets the record straight about the Freemasons,revealing that the truth is far more compelling than the stories.‚e
‚eoeKinney does a great job of sharing a whole lot of never-before-seen inside stuff in an easilyunderstood way.‚e
‚eoe...highly-readable and down-to-earth. Backed up by much scholarly research, Kinney methodically examines, and then busts common myths about Masons.‚e
‚eoeFor the history buff or even the student or teacher looking for a one-volume source, this book is probably all they‚e(TM)ll ever need to understand the world of the Freemasons. Recommended.‚e
-Library Journal XPress