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  1. The word Temple has more than one meaning. In Freemasonry’s case the word Temple in so far as calling their meeting places Temples refers to the ancient usage of the word as a “place of learning”.
    Also in that Masonic legend andallegoricall teachings refer to Solomon’s Temple and it’s Builders.
    Please see number 4 in the dictionary:
    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Temple
    It was never meant to be a religion, nor a substitute for one. It is a place for men to learn how to be better men. Freemasonry is neither a forum nor a place of worship. It is not a religion nor does it teach a religious philosophy. For nearly three hundred years it has attracted men of high moral character who support the tenets of temperance, fortitude, prudence and justice.
    In modern times many Masonic Halls have been renamed Centers, Halls or just plain Lodges. Mainly due to the same ignorance surrounding the word temple.

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  2. Tim, you mention that Masonic legend and allegorical teachings refer to Solomon’s Temple and it’s Builders. Solomon’s temple is arguably the most well known religious artifact in the world. Isn’t it asking for misunderstanding, if that’s what it is, to base your non-religious teachings around a religious allegory?

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  3. Matt, Sounds to me like you’re passing judgement on Freemasons and Freemasonry. Does your good book not say something about that? Religion and politics have no place in lodge. We as Freemasons welcome men of all religions so long as they are of strong character. King Solomon’s temple was built by Freemasons. Their operative masonry is the basis for our present day speculative masonry. Either do the research or keep your half witted judgements to yourself.
    Good Day Sir!!

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  4. Andy,
    Methinks you speak with forked tongue. You speak of not passing judgement then pass judgement yourself. I think it’s a reasonable question to ask why it is called a temple if, as you say, religion has no place within it. Explaining that it relates to King Solomon’s Temple hardly lessens the force of my question. Indeed I would think it accentuates it! Your defensive response leaves me with the impression that maybe the question is too close to the bone.

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