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Old 26th January 2009, 11:33 PM
Vonnie Vonnie is offline
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Default Re: atheism & freemasonry - can they coexist?

While Freemasonry is not a religious group, Freemasons believe in the "Grand Architect of the Universe", i.e. god. An atheist would have to lie in order to become a Freemason. (Not that I can imagine for a minute why any atheist would want to be a Freemason... there are other groups like Apex or the Lions who do community work, don't require belief in a deity, are open to scrutiny, and don't have peculiar rituals.)

However, like most groups or organisations, there are subgroups or breakaways, and the "French Masons" are one of them which apparently do not have this prerequisite. The Freemasons do not recognise the French Masons as legitimate "brothers", though.

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