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The Lost Word is a Masonic education site for Masons and non-Masons. It is a home for the weary traveler of any path. It is a place for open-minded Masons and non-Masons to grow and experience Masonry as full as possible outside of a lodge. While matters reserved for the lodge are not allowed on the list, the wide Masonic experience permitted for all is encouraged.
Matters of history, symbolism, philosophy, architecture as well as the arts and sciences are open for exploration on this list. Also invited is light chat and lodge/grand lodge announcements.
The simple goal is Masonic education in a stimulating environment.
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Some Current Topics on the Lost Word Forum
- What's the Real History of Freemasonry?
- With books such as "Holy Blood, Holy Grail" and "The Hiram Key" saying that Freemasonry goes back 1,000's of years and the classic Masonry history books saying it goes back no further than 1717, what's the real history? How far back do you believe Masonry goes and what arguments do you have in support of your position?
- What's the Difference between "irregular" and "bogus" Masonry? -
An "irregular" Grand Lodge is one that has some sort of problem with its creation, practice or work. A "bogus" Grand Lodge means exactly the same thing. The problem is that some Grand Lodges that we must consider "irregular" operate with obvious good faith and the only problem with them is a problem in the manner in which they were created. On the other hand, there are some organizations which call themselves "Masonic" which exist only to scam the unsuspecting out of money. They are in actuality thieves. Should we reserve the term "bogus" for these charlatans, or is the word fitting for any "irregular Masonic body?
- Are Our Lodge Officers Properly Prepared?
- It is not uncommon for Grand Lodges to hold "One Day" classes where hundreds of candidates will becomes Master Masons. It is also not uncommon for lodges in need of officers to advance any interested, but inexperienced new Masons into offices where they become Worshipful Masters in a short time. Is this a problem for Masonry?
- Masonic Charity - the proper and improper. -
Is Masonry a charitable organization or an organization which practices charity? What is the difference? Can any charity be wrong for Masonry?
- The Difference Between Prince Hall Affiliate and Prince Hall Origin.
- The majority of U.S. Grand Lodges have entered into fraternal relations with the Prince Hall Affiliate Grand Lodges in their state. This means that they are considered perfectly regular. There also exists another "type" of Prince Hall Masonry that is called "Prince Hall Origin." This group makes the same claim on the original African Lodge charter by which Prince Hall Affiliate Grand Lodges used to establish their regularity. No "Mainstream" or Prince Hall Affiliate Grand Lodge recognizes any Prince Hall Origin Body. Is there really a difference between these two bodies calling themselves "Prince Hall"?
- How Many Real Degrees are Part of the AASR? - Some believe that the only actual degrees of the AASR are from the 4th to 32nd. What do you think? What other AASR degrees exist?
- Do We Really Need to Memorize the Ritual? - Since each and every jurisdiction (of which I am aware) has a printed copy of their ritual somewhere in the Grand Lodge, is it important for a law to exist requiring candidates to memorize their ritual? Why?
- How important is Masonic Recognition? - If a Grand Lodge is doing everything that is considered regular, is it important for it to be recognized as regular by other Grand Lodges? If so, why?
- Why should anyone join Masonry? - In this day and age, why is Masonry important to you? What does Masonry have to offer a non-Mason?