Founded in justice and benevolence… The grand object of Masonry is to promote the happiness of the human race.
What is Freemasonry? The Masonic ritual defines Freemasonry as “a peculiar system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols”.
Freemasonry is a science of symbols, in which, by their proper study, a search is instituted after truth, that truth consisting in the knowledge of the divine and human nature of God and the human Soul.
Dr. A. G. MacKey
Masonry was not made to divide men, but to unite them, leaving each man free to think his own thoughts and fashion his own system of ultimate truth. All its emphasis rests upon two extremely simple and profound principles, love of God and love of man.
J. F. Newton
Masonry aims at the promotion of morality and higher living by the cultivation of the social side of man, the rousing in him of the instincts of charity and love of his kind. It rests surely on the foundation of the brotherhood of man and the fatherhood of God.
William Howard Taft
Freemasonry embraces the highest moral laws and will bear the test of any system of ethics or philosophy ever promulgated for the uplift of man.
- “Freemasonry“. Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). 1911.
- The nature and purpose of Freemasonry (Pietre-Stones)
- Web of Hiram at the University of Bradford. A database of donated Masonic material.
- Masonic Books Online of the Pietre-Stones Review of Freemasonry
- The Constitutions of the Free-Masons (1734), James Anderson, Benjamin Franklin, Paul Royster. Hosted by the Libraries at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- The Mysteries of Free Masonry, by William Morgan, from Project Gutenberg
- A Legislative Investigation into Masonry (1832) on the Internet Archive, OCLC 1560509
- The United Grand Lodge of England’s Library and Museum of Freemasonry, London
- A page about Freemasonry – claiming to be the world’s oldest Masonic website.
- Articles on Judaism and Freemasonry
- Anti-Masonry: Points of View – Edward L. King’s Masonic website