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  • dianejoy@earthlink.net
    Dec 3, 2004
      As do I. I'm a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the "ladies
      auxilliary" of the Masons. As was my aunt (a devout Baptist). We also
      have a Catholic woman in our Chapter. OES these days is a guttering
      candle, and mostly, we do charitable work.

      However, Masons don't discuss the intricacies of their organization, even
      with members of the OES.

      As for Tolkien's connection with Masonry: I don't think so. First of all,
      he was meeting with the Inklings at the Eagle and Child and in CSL's rooms.
      Being a Mason (esp. during the period in which he could have been enrolled)
      takes time. Since reading his letters, I'm struck with how little time he
      felt he had for writing; I think he'd have invested any spare time into
      writing, rather than going to more meetings. (Though Charles Williams was a
      member of the Order of the Golden Dawn. IIRC, he resigned from that group.
      I think.) The Paranoia article was interesting, but mostly for what you
      learn about Rosicrucians. ---djb

      Original Message:
      From: Stolzi Stolzi@...
      Date: Thu, 2 Dec 2004 10:45:25 -0600
      To: mythsoc@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [mythsoc] Tolkien and Freemasonry

      I took a look at the article; some amazing coincidences, I agree, but I
      think that is all they are, coincidences.

      Freemasonry at its upper levels teaches what many, many Christians regard as
      unChristian doctrines (syncretism, mostly); many Evangelicals would say
      this, as well as Roman Catholics.

      This page


      gives some details.

      Freemasonry in Europe, in my understanding, was always much more
      anti-clerical and politically revolutionary than the rather more sober
      Freemasons of England and (by derivation) N. America.

      It is true that George Washington and several other US Presidents who
      considered themselves Christians did belong to the Freemasons.

      Diamond Proudbrook

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