Tuesday, July 10, 2012

"Observing the Craft" Open Forum

I read Andrew Hammer's Observing the Craft a few months ago. I have held off writing a review because I am still writing down my impressions. Of course, I should say that I'm nearly done with one to present to my lodge for the Masonic Light program. Instead of writing about my impressions of his book, I would like to open up this post to all of you. Here are some starter questions to help you.

What did you think of the book? What do you agree with? What do you disagree with?

Leave your impressions and observations as a comment below. 

If you haven't read the book, buy it now. I found it on the Observing the Craft website.

1 comment:

The Plumbline said...

What did you think of the book?

I think it was a new addition to the discussion of Masonry reform (or rather, "getting back to our roots"). While most thoughts are not entirely new (such as with The Laudable Pursuit) there are new areas of thought and reinforcements of others.

What do you agree with?

I agree with the thought of the clothes make the man (or Mason). I agree that the Masonic Feast is an era of the past that should be revived (and I mean a BIG feast, not just a second helping of spaghetti). I believe that education should be a focus on every Mason and lodge meeting.

What do you disagree with?

His largest grief was on appendant and accordant bodies. I think that each has its own light to impart, and that calling them a "distraction" is too narrow-minded.