Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York Volume 137

Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York Volume 137

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...his "History of the Popes" refers the secret Roman Academy founded by Julius Pomponius Laetus, professor in the University of Rome, in the fifteenth century as "the center of meetings for all discontented and pagan Humanists." We are told that the initiates adopted religious usages, regarded themselves as a college of priests, with Pomponius as Grand High Prest. Gregovorius, who is quoted with approval, calls the Academy "a classical Freemasons Lodge." ' For s. vivid picture of life in the fourth century, the period so trying for men's souls, I refer those who read French to the charming, wonderful book of Louis Bertrand on "St. Augustine." 1' See Laurie's "Rise of Universities," first two chapters. t Especially from the fourteenth century onward. The Brethren of the Academy of Pomponius were accused under Pope Paul II (1464-1471) as having conspired to kill the Holy Father, that they were pagans and materialists, etc. Imprisonment and death threatened the Brethren. "Safety first" in those days meant punishing the accused first and investigating afterward. Most of the Academlcians fled. Ultimately all were, on the principle of Scotch verdict, absolved from the charge of heresy. Owing to the intervention of the scholarly and liberal Cardinal Bessarion, Pomponino and the others were allowed the freedom of the city, under close surveillance. The Academicians were predominantly Platonists. So were the members of most of the other forbidden secret societies (or occasional gatherings), while the Church oflicially upheld Aristotle and for a long time sought to suppress Plato to whom religion consisted essentially in the practice of justice. In the Teutonic countries, speculative...show more

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  • Paperback | 172 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 318g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236741900
  • 9781236741905