"The Lost Symbol" and the Freemasons: 8 Myths Decoded

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  1. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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  2. owls84

    owls84 Moderator Premium Member

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    I will just say I am almost half way and I love the book. You can really tell that Dan Brown is pro-masonry. He goes as far as having Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks for those that just saw the movie) think, in text:

    He had spent years writing about the Masons’ rich tradition of metaphorical iconography and symbols, and knew that Masons had always been one of the most unfairly maligned and misunderstood organizations in the world. Regularly accused of everything from devil worship to plotting a oneworld government, the Masons also had a policy of never responding to their critics, which made them an easy target.

    I have seen various instances where the main character makes a statement even as far as using an analogy liking us to Coca-Cola Corp in our secrets.
     
  3. owls84

    owls84 Moderator Premium Member

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    I know you are reading it too Blake, what are your thoughts?
     
  4. TCShelton

    TCShelton Founding Member Premium Member

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    I'm about halfway as well. Pretty good.
     
  5. Gerald.Harris

    Gerald.Harris Premium Member Premium Member

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    I am planning on purchasing the book and reading it soon, In the meantime I look forward to what you fellas have to say about it.
     
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    Is it worth the read guys? I liked Angels and Demons, but was not a fan of the DaVinci Code. It seemed a bit slow to me. Someone let me know. Thanks
     
  7. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    You'll be hooked from the first page.
     
  8. RedTemplar

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    Very Pro-masonry. I don't know how I am going to answer questions about Kybalion, alchemy, numerology, and Zohar. Anybody up to giving this ol' Hillbilly a crash course? Is my imagination running wild or will these ancient mysteries entice many to seek a petition? I admit that I am fascinated with these mysteries, but I certainly am not qualified teach any of this stuff.
     
  9. Gerald.Harris

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    Nor am I my Brother, even though I have been teaching masonry for over 30 years! I think it is amazing at what a little bit (or possibly a whole lot) of fiction will do to spawn a renewed interest in a very old instuitution.
     
  10. JBD

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    Read it, the book is Pro-Masonry. It is very interesting. Clearly a work of fiction, much more so than the "Code" was. I think if you are on here, you have demonstrated your ability to read, write and an extrordinary interest in Masonry - get it read it, compare it to what you know.

    My plan is not to try to debate the book with non-Masons, not to address anything that is or is not secret, not to point out the errors, but to use it as a recruiting tool. Just remember the EA charge about those whole disparage through ignorance.

    Overall, very good read regardless of Masonic affiliation. Mine is an eBook, really enjoyed that as well.
     
  11. Gerald.Harris

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    Sounds like a good plan Brother. I am looking forward to reading the book and seeing the movie. I am hopeful that the recruiting tool part is going to be used by many.
     
  12. drapetomaniac

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    I'm hoping the movie stays true to the book in the pro-masonry part.

    Hollywood is much more dependent on archetypes and stereotypes.
     
  13. scottmh59

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    has it been made into a movie yet?
     
  14. drapetomaniac

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    Not yet - I believe the contracts had already been signed before this book came out.
     
  15. drapetomaniac

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    BTW - Ron Howard will be at the Austin Film Festival in October if anyone else here attends such things, so there may be discussion available then
     
  16. scottmh59

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    well till i see the movie,im at a disadvantage on this thread..
     
  17. Wingnut

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    already finished it and on my second read. Im starting a message forum for our district, KOSA and a few others if anyone would be interested in discussing and how to prepare for the possible influx of petitions!
     

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