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“Everyone that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth the truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, since they have been wrought in God” (John 3:20-21, KJV)
“Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ. He is the antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath neither the Father: he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also” (1 John 2:22-23, KJV)
This work provides a look into the mysterious world of Freemasonry from an Eastern Orthodox Perspective. It includes Apostolos Makrakis’s refutations on Freemasonry, which was one of the earliest critiques of the secret societies of the Masons from an Orthodox perspective in the nineteenth century. The book also provides additional statements and announcements from various bishops and priests from the Greek and Russian Orthodox churches dating from the late 1890s to the 1950s. The following topics are discussed:
- The nature of the God of the Christians as the Holy Trinity, compared to the Freemasonry’s monotheistic god called the “Great Architect of the Universe”
- The oaths and initiation symbols of Freemasonry offering allegiance to the Great Architect
- The history and secrecy of Freemasonry
- Is it possible to be be both a practicing Freemason and faithful Orthodox Christian?
- The Light of Christ on the World compared and contrasted to the enlightenment offered by Freemasonry
- Scriptural evidence to counter and debunk many of the claims offered by Freemasons
- Orthodox encyclicals and statements by the Greek and Russian Orthodox church bishops on the dangers of Freemasonry
Thus, Freemasonry Known by the Masonic Diploma offers one of the most extensive commentaries on the subject of Freemasonry for Orthodox Christians looking to find clear and concise Eastern Orthodox perspectives on the society of the Freemasons.