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It's nice to read you over at M* Jeff. Are you going to slow down over here at Mormanity, or still post occasionally?
Jeff, I love your, cracked planet, blog and now looking forward to your guest blogs on MS. I think you might enjoy “Mormon Stories” Pod cast on Greg Kearney, a lifelong, multi-generational Mormon and Master Mason, discusses the history of Masonry, how it became associated with the LDS Church, and why this association is a positive, and not a negative one.His point is that we should separate the method of teaching from what is being taught. I would like your take since you have other takes listed on Cracked Planet. I did check with the Masonic order web site and they back up Kearney’s assertion that the Order couldn’t have started before 1717 with the 3rd step added approx 1730. You can find the pod cast here it takes a minute to load. http://feeds.feedburner.com/MormonStoriesPodcast?m=17Ward Miss Ldr in NC, Monty
Will still be active over here.
"I did check with the Masonic order web site and they back up Kearney’s assertion that the Order couldn’t have started before 1717 with the 3rd step added approx 1730."I am a 32nd degree Mason; I can tell you that the Grand Lodge of England began in 1717...that is far different from the age of the "order" especially given that several lodges which existed before 1717 joined together to form the Grand Lodge.Masonry is older than the 1717 date, some (like me) believe it is far older. As an example of the pre-1717 age: Elias Ashmole was made a Mason in 1646. I enjoyed Greg Kearney's talk, but I disagreed with him on many points pertaining to both Masonry and the Church. It is helpful to understand that noone knows definitively when the "order" started or where it came from.
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