Recommendations for an EA

Discussion in 'Recommended Reading' started by CorbanGW, May 2, 2018.

  1. CorbanGW

    CorbanGW Registered User

    9
    15
    3
    Any recommendations for an EA? I will be initiated next Friday and want to have some books prepared
     
  2. Glen Cook

    Glen Cook G A Cook Site Benefactor

    2,621
    2,941
    183
    Your GL may have memorization work for you to be working on. I’d start there.
     
    Warrior1256 likes this.
  3. hfmm97

    hfmm97 Premium Member

    416
    185
    63
    Best to go into the ceremonies cold! Don’t read ahead unless your lodge gave you a reading list.


    Sent from my iPhone using My Freemasonry mobile app
     
    Bloke, dfreybur and Warrior1256 like this.
  4. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

    6,521
    2,780
    183
    True. After your initiation you will be busy doing memorization work to prepare for the Fellowcraft degree.
    Absolutely! If you read anything before hand it may spoil the experience for you.
     
  5. coachn

    coachn Coach John S. Nagy Premium Member

    1,869
    1,799
    133
    That truly all depends upon if you enjoy receiving gifts not knowing what they are OR knowing what they are in advance.

    Reading anything about ritual before hand that spoils a surprise defeats the whole purpose of experiencing something for the first time without foreknowledge.

    That being said and to the contrary, if you have seriously studied the Bible (more specifically what is called "The OT" by Christians) and Classic Greek Philosophy, you're going to experience Ritual as a kid in a candy store with free reign. If you have not done so, then you're going to be pretty well impervious to most all that is put before you, including the explanations.

    Either way, I suggest you go into this as if it were a rollercoaster ride and do so with your hands held high and your seatbelt fastened tightly; enjoy the ride!
     
    Warrior1256 and dfreybur like this.
  6. dfreybur

    dfreybur Premium Member

    3,787
    2,216
    133
    It's way too late to start reading books on philosophy.

    Once you are initiated the amount of work to get your next degree is similar to a class at junior college. You will be far too busy with the assigned work to worry about other material.

    Ask us again several months before your degree. Oops, too late for that. Ask us again after you present your Master Mason proficiency. Then the answer will be everything.
     
    otherstar, hfmm97 and Warrior1256 like this.
  7. hfmm97

    hfmm97 Premium Member

    416
    185
    63
    CorbanGW:

    Freemasonry is unlike any educational system in that you are given the credentials first (EA) and then study for the exams as a requirement to advance to the next levels.

    Besides which, in some jurisdictions, the ritual work is done by memory and in a mouth to ear fashion by working with a Masonic instructor.

    Good luck and best regards




    Sent from my iPhone using My Freemasonry mobile app
     
  8. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

    6,521
    2,780
    183
    An excellent way to put it!
    Exactly.
     
    hfmm97 likes this.
  9. Bloke

    Bloke Premium Member

    3,821
    2,652
    133
    Every teenager should be reading books on philosophy !
     
    MarkR likes this.
  10. dfreybur

    dfreybur Premium Member

    3,787
    2,216
    133
    Starting several years before the petition not several days before. I remember reading The Republic in high school but my philosophy courses were undergrad college. Whenever I could check off a general education requirement with an anthropology or philosophy course I signed up. I could have had a minor if I had focused on one of those.

    You and I and many members of this board have different ideas of education than most teenagers! Go figure ...
     
    otherstar, Bloke and Warrior1256 like this.
  11. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

    6,521
    2,780
    183
    Very true!
     
  12. otherstar

    otherstar Registered User

    188
    54
    28
    I agree. I was reading Aquinas and Aristotle on my own in high school. There are some high schools that actually teach philosophy as part of their curriculum in Houston (Catholic schools, mostly).
     
    Bloke likes this.

Share My Freemasonry