A Free Galley of The Masonic Codex - Part I

The great writer Stephan Freideman (of the Freideman Codex fame) has updated his classic book with a new epilogue. The new edition of the book includes an epilogue, which for the first time introduces a "famous" author to his novel, who was one of the first authors to be called upon by Freemasonry.
This is also the first of three books about Freemasonry in history written by Freideman, and the second free galley that were published during his career. A novel by author Adam Leidl titled "A Charitable Gift" is included in the collection, which was inspired by the growth of the Freemasons in Germany and Austria in the 19th century. I'll admit I was a little disappointed that I didn't get to read any of the chapters about Scotland. I'll also admit I didn't pick up on much about other countries either.  stephan f astronomia 2k19 mp3 download
Even though Freideman's subject matter is Freemasonry, and he writes as if he is an insider, he still falls flat on his face when he tries to cover some of the most well-known events that are covered in Masonic literature. Let's start with what he calls "The Masonic Use of Uranian Esotericism." That is absolutely not what Freemasonry means by esotericism. Freideman writes that Freemasonry is "the effort to obtain spiritual enlightenment through magic. In other words, we are attempting to make things happen, to channel psychic energies in order to bring forth our will."
Now I do understand that there are occultists who practice magic, but those people who call themselves Freemasons are more than just a bunch of magicians. They are a very educated group of men and women who take their knowledge seriously and are willing to learn how to protect themselves and their religion from any enemies that might be trying to get in.
There are other concepts that Freideman contradicts, such as the idea, "Freemasonry is a religion or form of worship." These were the definitions in the original Freideman book. In the epilogue, Freideman tells us, "Freemasonry is essentially and predominantly a system of morality and spiritualism." I guess it depends on how you define the word morality, but I'm sure that if the first definition is used, then this book has no place in my house.
Freideman does finally come around to the idea that Freemasonry has a "lack of literary merit." He admits that he may be "un-enthused" about this, but claims that he will eventually come around. On page 231, he admits that Freemasonry as a whole "has a tarnished reputation in many quarters of society" but he does insist that there is "always room for improvement."
Still, even if Freemasonry had the same kinds of contributions to the world as say, the United States, I'd still prefer a good book like the Freideman Codex, over an author like Stephan Freideman. While I didn't get to read much about my own country, I am curious to know what all the fuss is about with Freemasonry and its detractors.
For a quick peek into Freemasonry before diving in to Freideman's three books, I recommend his first book, A Charitable Gift. It is a good look at Freemasonry before he starts delving into the difficult topics of Freemasonry in history.

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