Collection of Masonic Resources
Below is a list of handy Masonic resources. Some are old and packed with information, others are weblogs, podcasts, and that sort of thing.
This is a list of the websites of other Masonic authors I know and enjoy. Please check them out and read their writing.
- Jay Kinney is the author of The Masonic Myth and a number of other works. I've known him for many years and he always has intelligent things to say. And frequently some tasty scotch.
- Shawn Eyer is the editor of Philalethes and probably pushes me to write more than anybody else. He gives me a lot of two-week deadlines on book reviews, so I've had to really develop my speed reading.
- Tom Worrel is a prolific and intelligent writer. He seems to start out with a simple subject, and then floors you with the depth of his knowledge and the sheer volume of information he has to share.
- Robert Davis is the administrator for the Guthrie Scottish Rite in Oklahoma. He is an erudite speaker, excellent author, and one of the nicest men I've ever met. He wears a bowtie with panache.
The following weblogs are of general interest to Freemasons.
- The Oblong Square is a new blog written by Bro. Mitch Goldstein and me.
- Freemasons for Dummies by Bro. Chris Hodapp
- Aude, Vide, Tace by Bro. Michael A. Halleran
- FreemasonInformation.com is a Masonic web magazine, well worth checking out.
- The Masonic Traveler by Greg Stewart. He is also involved in FreemasonInformation.com and Masonic Central (see below).
- Masonic Blog Aggregator at King Solomon's Lodge collects RSS feeds from a variety of Masonic weblogs.
Some of these websites are classic Internet resources for Freemasons, so it's likely you've come across them in your wanderings.
- A Page About Freemasonry by Gary L. Dryfoos is easily the oldest existing website about Freemasonry. It is packed with information, and Bro. Dryfoos is great about answering questions and explaining things calmly and clearly.
- Masonic Information by Paul M. Bessel is a hodgepodge of various pieces on Freemasonry, including a collection of interesting articles, lots of great statistics and demographics, and even some humor.
- Anti-Masonry: Points of View is a website by Ed King, in which he examines the arguments of Masonry's opponents and rips them apart. He can be a bit rough, but it's a great place to check if you've got questions about how much devil-worshiping we do in the lodge, or how many virgins we need to sacrifice each Full Moon to make sure that the New World Order runs properly. (A hint: the answer to both is "none".)
These websites may not focus on Freemasonry, but they deal with contemplation, mysticism, or meditative practices that lead toward positive personal transformation.
- The Sacred Texts at Hermetic.com contains plenty of ancient works dealing with Neoplatonism, Hermeticism, and other philosophies which I believe may have influenced early speculative Freemasons during the 17th and 18th centuries.
- The History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps is perhaps the best podcast in existence. It's all about philosophy.
- Occult of Personality is a podcast with interesting, in-depth interviews with various occult and esoteric personalities.
- BibleGateway is a very handy, very powerful Bible search engine with a huge number of different Bible versions in different languages.
- The Internet Sacred Text Archive has hundreds of sacred texts from a zillion different religions and traditions. They also have an interesting page on Freemasonry.