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p. 343. Historical legacieslocked

  • Andreas Önnerfors

Abstract

There is no coherent ideology or doctrine of freemasonry, but the fraternity is characterized by a considerable conceptual inclusiveness promoting an ethics of action and all brotherhoods aim to promote processes of real and imagined community building, establishing bonds between individuals and across nations and epochs in historical time. Throughout the centuries, freemasonry has absorbed concepts of the past as much as of contemporary times. Thus a unique eclectic mix has been established embracing central ingredients of Western thought and appearing in multiple layers. ‘Historical legacies’ describes how ideas from the medieval craft guilds and Order of the Knights Templar to the Reformation and Renaissance period have been incorporated.

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