Ever wanted to read Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma, but just found it too daunting? Now you can listen to the whole thing on YouTube at Masonic Books:
*This link is for part 1 of 48 total parts. For the entire list go to: Morals & Dogma Entire Playlist
In the 1996 book “Revolutionary Brotherhood: Freemasonry and the Transformation of the American Social Order, 1730-1840” Steven C. Bullock argued that Lodges became essential places of learning for tradesmen and working men and thereby fostered a cosmopolitanism and love of learning which nourished the ideas of liberty, personal responsibility, and civic cooperation necessary to maintain the American Republic.
Learning came to be seen as the right and responsibility of all men, as Freemasons we are charged to study the seven liberal arts and sciences and to increase our own personal knowledge by doing so. But once we are out of school, how do we go about pursuing this personal education and enlightenment? You will find that it helps to have resources at your disposal and sifting through the massive amount of content that is available online, on television, and in your local library can be overwhelming. Here are several resources which I found that will aide in your studies.
If you enjoy being taught you will find on ROKU (the television streaming player) the channel, Lecture Kings (http://www.rokuguide.com/channels/lecture-kings-com). Lecture Kings provides videos of classroom instruction from Yale, Dallas Theological Seminary, and Missouri State University. Classes cover a wide range of topics, including politics, drama, physics,and theology. Sit in on a full semester of instruction for the classes of your choice. In addition to the universities, there is also a category that carries audio books from LibriVox.
If you are interested in College Lectures but don't have a ROKU box, check out these online resources:
If you want to further your knowledge of Freemasonry take the time to review the following:
http://www.matsol.info/ - Worldwide exemplification of Freemasonry
http://www.freemasons-freemasonry.com/ - Pietre-Stones Review of Freemasony
http://www.freemason.com – The Grand Lodge of Ohio Website
http://freemasonry.bcy.ca/ - The Grand Lodge of British Columbia and the Yukon Website
Of course, don’t forget:
Local Community Colleges
Brothers, remember that the Grand Master has authorized a one day class on April 5th, and all three degrees will be conferred at the temple here in Lancaster. We generally think of the one day class as an opportunity for good men with very busy schedules to become masons, sometimes years before their normal schedules would permit them to do so. But the one day class is also an opportunity for masons to review the content of all three degrees, and to experience excellent masonic educational presentations based on the teachings of the three degrees. For those who are a bit rusty on modes of recognition, and don't remember many of the details of their own initiation, passing, and raising, the one day class can serve as a great substitute for the “rusty nail” degree. I hope everyone will mark their calendar and plan to come to the temple on the 5th for the one day class. It is a great way to review the principles of our fraternity, to renew friendships, and to “increase ones light in Masonry.”
William B. Pursley is a Past Master of Lancaster #57 and the Lodge Education Officer. Worshipful Brother Pursley was awarded the Grand Master's Masonic Education award in 2013 for his excellent work as L.E.O.