Book Review: The Enigma Of The Freemasons

The Enigma Of The Freemasons:  Their History And Mystical Connections, by Tim Wallace-Murphy

Most of you have had an experience in your lives like I had with this book.  You’re getting to know someone and at first they seem a little bit off their meds, but it doesn’t seem too serious, until you reach a point where you know for sure that they are completely bonkers but you don’t want to be rude and so you stay around much longer than you feel comfortable with simply so as to not commit a social faux pas.  There are definitely elements where I think this book has sensible understandings of the Masons and why they are so mysterious and the nature of their connection to the esoteric and mystery religions of the past.  That said, this book goes into considerably more detail when it comes to elite Jewish bloodlines that tends to make this book the positive side of the myths about illuminati control through Jewish ancestry like the Rothchilds.  The fact that the author complains about the negative side of this myth is strangely hypocritical since it goes without saying that the natural response of a great many people to ideas that there are secretive lines of people who desire to maintain and pass down esoteric knowledge and search for power in institutions is to view these people as an evil to be eradicated.

This book is a short one at less than 150 pages and it is divided into various short unnumbered chapters that deal with the author’s very quirky view of Masonic history.  The author begins with an introduction, a discussion of the cradle of culture and the birth of Christianity, a pro-gonistic discussion of various hidden strains of spirituality, a discussion of the medieval craftmasons as well as the grail myth and the beginnings of the Templars.  There is a discussion of the Scottish beginnings of the masons, the human catalyst and the influence of freemasons on society as well as the 18th century developments in Europe that increased the revolutionary tenor of the times.  There is a discussion of glimpses from within about various masons, the focus on brotherhood and charity, and questions about the degree of truth of various views of history.  The author gives suggestions for further reading as well as a glossary of terms (of which there are many), an index, and acknowledgements.  Throughout the book the author also makes reference to other books about esoteric matters that I will be quick to avoid.

In reading a book like this, one has to separate the occasional nuggets of insight that the authors have from the larger conspiratorial history that makes this a possible source for a Dan Brown noel.  There are certainly people who would believe this book wholesale, but as I am not one of those people and I suppose that you, dear reader, are not either, then it remains to be seen whether or not there is enough insight in this book to be read profitably by someone who does not believe the story of the 24 elite Jewish families having become elite European noble families during the Middle Ages and the founders of the Templars as well as the Masons.  To be sure, the author has a strong interest in esoteric matters and mystery religions and a strong hostility to Christianity, especially of the kind viewed as authoritarian gnosticism, considering the author is definitely on the side of anarchical gnosticism.  The reader, of course, may very well be on the side of neither, and may find the author’s perspective a bit too strident a tone for someone with such a slim grasp on sanity.

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