The Theocratic Philosophy of Freemasonry by Rev. G Oliver


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Hamilton, Adams, & co, 1840. First Edition. Leather-bound cover with decorative gilt symbolism. Previous owners ink inscription on front-end paper, boards rubbed and marked, bottom of spine cracked and starting to split. Binding strong with no loose pages. A good firm copy of a rare book.

The Theocratic Philosophy of Freemasonry: In Twelve Lectures on Its Speculative, Operative, and Spurious Branches.

'The consecutive manifestations of the Deity, in the visible form of a Cloud, Fire, and Light, produced some very remarkable effects upon the nations of the earth. In their search after the true Light, which they had good reason to believe would contribute vitality to their spurious systems, the heathen fell into many grievous errors. The Light of Speculative Masonry was impalpable and intellectual; and hence, by the adoration of the sensible element of fire, the Gentiles forfeited the substance by cherishing the shadow. Their apprehensions being limited to material subjects of contemplation, they soon lost all vestiges of the true Light, and became incapable of comprehending mysteries which related exclusively to the immaterial world. And this may partly account for the introduction of polytheism, and for the very unimportant nature of the topics which pervaded their system of Spurious Freemasonry, on which Gentile philosophy was accustomed to exercise its ingenuity, or apply its reasoning powers.
The Theosophic Masons of the last century ascribed to the Deity three centres: the first being the Trinity, breathing on the abyss at the creation; the second they called Wisdom, or the eternal Word passing at the same period through the different stages of delight, desire, nature, and strife, into fire or Light, which they denominated a great mystery; the third centre was the Logos, or Jehovah, or the Word of God.

Rev. G. Oliver (1782–1867)   was an English cleric, schoolmaster, topographer, and writer on freemasonry.

Category Esoteric