Who discovered, designed or invented Masonry?

Who discovered, designed or invented Masonry?

No one man discovered, designed or invented Masonry, any more than any one man discovered, designed or invented democracy, philosophy, or science, nor did any one government. Freemasonry is the result of growth. Many Masons had a part in it; it has taken to itself teachings from many religions, philosophies, systems of knowledge and symbols.

The most generally accepted orthodox belief as to those who began Freemasonry is that the Craft is a descendant of Operative Masons. These Operatives inherited many practices and forms of ritual from several unknown beginnings. Speculative Masonry, reaching back through Operative Masonry, touches hands with those who followed unknown religions in which, however, many of the Speculative principles must have been taught by the use of symbols as old as mankind and therefore universal; not the product of any one people or time.

From One Hundred One Questions About Freemasonry, The Masonic Service Association, Silver Spring, MD, 2003.


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