Masonry: Conspiracy against Christianity by A. Ralph Epperson
It is difficult to research freemasonry and secret societies in general due to their secretive nature. Insider knowledge from ex-members are potentially the best sources. Other than that, inferences can be made from leaked documents and their actions throughout history.
Fortunately, in the case of freemasonry, there are many books by prominent freemasons and Epperson has read many of them. In Masonry: Conspiracy against Christianity, the approach the author takes is one which assumes practically nothing, as if solving the mystery or question of “What is freemasonry?” by analyzing freemasonic literature, partly taking it at face value and partly reading in between the lines. The answer becomes more apparent as more material is reviewed.
Some may belittle this approach as “superficial” or “simplistic”. Whilst I think these adjectives are not necessarily inaccurate, this approach is not to be belittled. Analyzing freemasonic literature is the most sensible, unbiased starting point. Regardless of the degree of truth found in their texts, such analysis offers a frame for further studies. Also keep in mind that some of these books are thousands of pages long so the author has done the hard work.
Epperson organizes his book into three (3) parts: Part I (chapters 1–17) is a review of Morals and Dogma by Albert Pike, a 33rd degree mason; Part II (chapters 18–41) continues this review and discusses the goal of the freemasons; Part III (chapters 42–46) is the conclusion. The author does cite other texts.
Each chapter is bite-sized and there is a summary chapter, a partial (but more than sufficient) bibliography, end notes and an index.
In short, freemasonry:
has two “layers”, a secret layer that conceals things from the visible layer and the public.
sometimes lie in their own literature, but this is discernable.
consider “Below is as that which is Above”, an obvious clue of satanic inversion.
adopts moral relativism, although this term is not necessarily used.
involves sun worship and some sort of veneration of light, both satanic references—that is, Lucifer which means “light bearer”.
is/was involved in conspiracy and revolution (such as the French Revolution), particular against Christianity.
Overall, this book is very easy to read. The writing is easily accessible and the font and line spacing large. The fact that the coverage of the subject is seemingly simple should not detract the author’s research which, as mentioned earlier, required sifting through thousands of pages.
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