What Is Freemasonry?


Here are some definitions of Freemasonry:
  • "A regular system of morality, veiled in allegory, and illustrated by symbols."

  • "The subjugation of the human that is in man by the divine; the conquest of the appetites and passions by the moral sense and reason; a continual effort, struggle and warfare of the spiritual against the material and sensual."

  • "Freemasonry is the activity of closely united men, who, employing symbolic forms borrowed principally from the mason's trade and from architecture, work for the welfare of mankind, striving morally to ennoble themselves and others, and thereby to bring about a universal league of mankind, which they aspire to exhibit even now on a small scale."

In The Farmers Almanac for 1823 published at Andover, Mass.  the following was printed under the heading, "Character of a Freemason":

The real Freemason is distinguished from the rest of Mankind by the uniform unrestrained rectitude of his conduct.  Other men are honest in fear of punishment which the law might inflect; they are religious in expectation of being rewarded, or in dread of the devil, in the next world.  A Freemason would be just if there were no laws, human or divine except those written in his heart by the finger of his Creator.  In every climate, under every system of religion, he is the same. He kneels before the Universal Throne of God in gratitude for the blessings he has received and humble solicitation for his future protection.  He venerates the good men of all religions.  He disturbs not the religion of others.  He restrains his passions, because they cannot be indulged without injuring his neighbor or himself. He gives no offense, because he does not choose to be offended.  He contracts no debts which he is certain he cannot discharge, because he is honest upon principal.

Freemasonry is the world's oldest and largest Fraternity. Its history and tradition date to antiquity. Its singular purpose is to make good men better. Its bonds of friendship, compassion and brotherly love have survived even the most devise political, military and religious conflicts through the centuries. Freemasonry is neither a forum nor a place for worship. Instead, it is a friend of all religions which are based on the belief in one God.

A Collage of Some of Our Most Famous Mason Brothers

(left to right)

President and Brother George Washington, Brother Benjamin Franklin, Brother Jose Navarro, Brother William B. Travis,

Brother Sam Houston, Brother Lorenzo de Zavala, Brother Stephen F. Austin, President and Brother Theodore Roosevelt,

Brother Charles Lindbergh, President and Brother Franklin D. Roosevelt, Brother Will Rogers,

President and Brother Harry S. Truman, U.S. General and Brother Douglas S. MacArthur,

Brother and Rev. Norman Vincent Peale, Brother John "Duke" Wayne,

 and Lunar Astronaut and Brother Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin. 

This is but a small list of famous Masons.  There are many, many others.  The only requirements to become a member of this prestigious group are to profess faith in God and be willing to make a solemn obligation to adhere to the principles of Masonry.  Masonry does not make a man good, but is designed to make a good man better.  No atheist can be made a Mason.  If you are of good character, have a firm belief in the Supreme Being and the immortality of the soul, all you have to do to be one is ask one.  Masonry is open to all men irrespective of class, religion, race, or national origin.  There are also associated Masonic orgainizations for women and children.  


A Painting of Famous Freemasons

(left to right)

King Soloman, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin,

Confederate General Lewis Armistead being aided by Union Captain Henry Bingham,

Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Douglas MacArthur, and Buzz Aldrin


Copyright Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania

Designed: Dean E. Vaughn, P.M.  Artist: Frank M. Hummel





The Tenets of Freemasonry:
  • Brotherly Love

  • Relief

  • Truth

The Cardinal Virtues of Freemasonry:
  • Temperance

  • Fortitude

  • Prudence

  • Justice

The Three Degrees of Freemasonry:
  • Entered Apprentice

  • Fellowcraft

  • Master Mason




Freemasonry is a voluntary association of men.
Freemasonry is a system of moral conduct.
Freemasonry is a way of life.
Freemasonry is not a religion even though it is religious in character.
Freemasonry teaches the golden rule.
Freemasonry seeks to make good men better.
Freemasonry teaches morality through symbolism.
Freemasonry uses ritual and ceremonies to instruct its members.
Freemasonry is based on a firm belief in the fatherhood of God,
   the brotherhood of man, and the immortality of the soul.
The tenets of Freemasonry are ethical principals such as are acceptable
   to all good men.
Freemasonry teaches tolerance towards the beliefs of others and charity
   toward all mankind.
Freemasonry proudly proclaims that it consists of men bound together by
   Brotherly Love and Affection.
Freemasonry is universally applicable throughout the world.
Freemasonry is not an insurance or beneficial-type society.
Freemasonry is neither a religion nor a creed.
Freemasonry is not organized for profit.
Freemasonry dictates to no man as to his beliefs, either religious or secular.
Freemasonry does not conceal its existence. It is not a secret society.
Freemasonry teaches:
   - Love and kindness in the home,
   - Honesty and fairness in business or occupation,
   - Courtesy in social contacts,
   - Resistance to wickedness,
   - Trust and confidence in good men,
   - Forgiveness toward the penitent,
   - Love toward one another, and above all,
   - Reverence for the Supreme Being.

-- Alabama Masonic Education and Public Relations Committee --