To: Shawn Coffee <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: connections
In-reply-to: Your message of "Tue, 20 Jan 1998 18:46:43 MST."
Dear Mr. Coffee,
Thank you for writing. I appreciate your concern and, even more,
your careful and inquiring approach to the matter.
Personally, I am not a Christian, but as best as I can tell by the
number of faithful Christians I know personally in Masonry, I can assure
you that our Institution ought not to "in any way conflict with [your]
Let me be more specific:
Because of your belief "in Christ as the only Son of God," if you
feel that you do not wish to associate with other people of other faiths
because they are misled, misbelieving, and/or destined for damnation,
then Masonry is not for you.
In Masonic lodges we offer an opening and closing prayer, and those
prayers do not explicitly mention Jesus Christ. If you feel that such
prayers would be against your faith, or that an organization that will
not explicitly mention Jesus Christ in its prayers is inherently
satanic, then Masonry is not for you.
In one of the Masonic lectures it says that we will all someday "be
rewarded according to our merits" and makes no explicit mention of any
fixed doctrine of "salvation by faith" -- in fact Masonry has no
discussion of doctrines of salvation at all. If you feel that this
contradicts your faith in an unacceptable way, then Masonry is not for
On the other hand, if you are willing, NO, if you are eager to be in
the company of men of all different faiths and national and economic and
social backgrounds, all of whom are engaged in trying to be better
people, and who are bound by ties of mutual friendship and respect for
each others' traditions, all of whom do share a belief in a Supreme
Being, Who we as Masons name in lodge only as Great Architect (or
Supreme Geometer) of the Universe, which is a name that all Masons can
agree on, then Masonry may be for you.
I hope this answers your question. As a DeMolay and son of a Mason,
I hope you will take all the opportunity you can to ask about Masonry
with your father and others of his lodge. Please feel free to show them
this letter and let them give you their opinions of my words.
Best of luck.
| Gary L. Dryfoos | MPS; PM: Mt. Scopus Lodge, Malden, MA;
| P.O.Box 505, Cambridge, MA 02142| & Ocean Lodge, Winthrop, MA;
| ofc: 617.253-0184 fax: 253-8665 | B'hood of the Blue Forget-Me-Not;
| http://web.mit.edu/dryfoo/Masonry/ | Int'l Guild Masonic Webm@sters, Pres. MA
| "...one sacred band, or society of Friends and Brothers, among
| whom no contention should ever exist, save that noble contention,
| or rather emulation, of who best can work and best agree."