The following books are recommended reading for members of the Philosophical Society. This page will be updated as new publications are reviewed.


UNDERSTANDING MANHOOD IN AMERICA
Freemasonry's Enduring Path to the Mature Masculine
by Robert G. Davis

"This is an important book for anyone interested in a better understanding of manhood and what it takes for men to achieve the mature masculine in their lives"
Ken Roberts, Anchor Communications

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A Bridge to Light
by Dr. Rex R. Hutchens, 33°, G.C.
An introduction to the Scottish Rite's Degrees and symbolism, this book is the most popular exposition available, by one of the Rite's most articulate philosophers and writers. Highly recommended by the Grand Historian.

Available from the Supreme Council: Scottish Rite Store
Format: Softbound
Pub. 2010


Born In Blood - The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry
by John J. Robinson

Based on years of research, this probing book solves the last remaining mysteries of the Masons--their secret words, symbols, and allegories whose true meanings had been lost in antiquity but whose origins can be traced to Norman French, the language spoken by the Knights' Templar. Demonstrates how, more than 600 years later the heritage of the Knights Templar lives on in the largest and most successful secret society in the history of the world: Freemasonry.
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Clausen's Commentary on Morals and Dogma
by Henry C. Clausen, 33°, Sovereign Grand Commander (1969-85)
First published in 1974, this companion to Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma was written by the Sovereign Grand Commander. The text attempts to answer the question: "How can Masonry release man's inner capacities?' It is designed as a valuable teaching tool that will heighten perception and awareness toward living in Socrates' famous phrase, "the examined life." Designed not to supplant Morals and Dogma but to stimulate its research as a source of knowledge and inspiration.
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Morals and Dogma
by Albert Pike, 33°, Sovereign Grand Commander (1859-91)

This classic text, first published in 1871, is an expansion of the lectures which accompanied Albert Pike's first revision of the Scottish Rite's rituals. Divided into thirty-two chapters (covering the 1°-32°), Pike explores comparative religion, Hermeticism, the Kabbalah, morality, mysticism, mythology, and the nature of symbolism. Hardbound (only used copies available), 861 pages 218 page Digest-Index by T.W. Hugo
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The Meaning of Masonry
by W. L. Wilmshurst (1867 - 1939)
Freemasonry has perplexed outsiders throughout the ages. The Order's arcane symbols and mystical doctrines have seemed impenetrable at times. In The Meaning of Masonry, W. L. Wilmshurst (1867-1939), himself a member of the Order in Britain, explains in layman's terms and without soapbox arguments - the history of Freemasonry. The book's five chapters were originally written as papers intended for the eyes of Masonic Order members only - and indication that insiders as well as outsiders have been in need of at least some clarification of the theories and practices of the organization.
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Freemasonry: A Journey through Ritual and Symbol
by W. Kirk MacNaulty

"The graphs are beautiful and every Mason would enjoy this. However, the text and history are indeed scholarly. I would recommend this to all my Masonic Brethren."
John Chapin 32deg PM Maugus Hill Lodge Af&AM, Natick, MA
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Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: August 1991


Pillars Of Wisdom - The Writings Of Albert Pike
by Dr. Rex R. Hutchens, 33°, G.C.

A collection of concise, readable essays gathers Pike's main themes.
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Format: Softbound; illustrated; 368 pages   
Pub. Date: October 1995


de Architectura - Marcus Vitruvius Pollo
translation by Bill Thayer
"For any Freemason questioning the antiquity of our Brotherhood or even questioning the link between architecture and the liberal arts as prescribed in the original ‘Blue Lodge’ degrees, this writing will certainly be of value. The writings of Marcus Vitruvius Pollo, inscribed in the first century B.C., are a startling revelation of the early link between architecture and music, philosophy, history, geometry, mathematics, and physics which will make any Freemason reading such question if our Guild Brothers of early years were perhaps involving these ideals in their indoctrination. The ideals set forth by Vitruvius follow closely with the charges of our beloved order, and it begs the question: “Do we come from idealistic Guild Masons?” To read book one of this ancient text makes one realize very quickly that the noble order of Architects or “Perfect Masters”--to borrow from both Vitruvius and the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite--were very clear on what was required to reach the pinnacle of perfection in their works. This is certainly a must-read for anyone questioning our origin, as well as anyone who has a firm ideal of such matters. The ideals set forth in this ancient text will reset your opinions, whatever they may have been." Written: between 23 and 27 B.C.
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Knights & Freemasons: The Birth of Modern Freemasonry
Edited by Michael R. Poll with a Foreword by S. Brent Morris.

Legendary Masonic authors, Albert Mackey and Albert Pike take us on an amazing venture from the days of the Crusades and the Knights Templar to the creation of modern speculative Freemasonry in a collection of inspiring papers. Includes the rare, The Order of the Temple by Albert Pike.
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ISBN 1-887560-66-1
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: August 1991


The Temple That Never Sleeps: Freemasons and E-Masonry Toward a New Paradigm by Josh Heller & Gerald Reilly
A revolutionary book for every Freemason.
The two authors, American and UK Masons, present a radical view of Freemasonry for both today and tomorrow. In addition to their ideas are those of numerous Internet Masons (E-Masons) from around the world who, by sharing the experience of their own Masonic journey, have provided stunning personal insight into the viability of the Craft in the Internet Age.


This book will challenge your understanding of Freemasonry today and how it might transform for future generations.
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Robert's Rules of Order: Masonic Edition
Revised by Michael R. Poll
Experienced legislators, editors, civic leaders, business executives, and club officers all pronounce Roberts Rules of Order the best parliamentary Guide in the English language. Its amazing acceptance entitles it to the claim of being the recognized authority in parliamentary law. Now, for the first time, the most comprehensive, understandable, and logical guide to smooth-running meetings has been revised for use in Masonic lodges and appendant bodies.
This is a must for every Masonic lodge officer.
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Opus or the Great Work by Albert Pike
Now available after 135 years! One of the rarest and most important books ever published on the Ancient and Accepted (Scottish) Rite of Freemasonry-Albert Pike's Magnum Opus or 'Great Work," being his first revision of the complete rituals of the Scottish Rite. Only 100 copies were printed-less than thirty are said to survive. Thanks to the generous loan of a copy from a European antiquarian, this special reprint makes available to the serious student the complete authentic rituals which served as the foundation of the Scottish Rite's philosophy. The Magnum Opus contains Albert Pike's complete, original text of the Scottish Rite degrees. An invaluable reference aid and research tool, the scarcity and cost of an original copy placed it beyond the reach of almost all Masonic bibliophiles. This affordable facsimile reprint places Masonic knowledge where it belongs-in the hands of those seeking Light. Available From: Amazon


Lecture On Masonic Symbolism & A Second The Omkara by Albert Pike
"This Lecture is intended to be...I think, my last labor of the kind in Masonry. I hope that I have succeeded in rescuing part of the Symbols of Freemasonry, in some degree, from the condition of insignificance into which they had fallen and in proving that there is something in the Royal Art to make it worthy of the attention, and study of men of intellect and learning; which they have not heretofore believed. The mass of Masons are little inclined to read works on Masonry. And I think it wiser, also, to place these works in a few hands, and let what truths they may contain be communicated orally to others by the few who read them. I have endeavoured to do that for our symbols, and am amply rewarded by what I have learned." Albert Pike. This book is extremely scarce as there were only 100 copies ever printed. This is the first reprint ever of this essential, illuminating work, on Freemasonry. Highly recommended.
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