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More in the Dr. Charles A Sankey lecture series

A while ago I went to a lecture at the local university. They started a series about freemasonry, and I thought it would be interesting to listen to and see if there was any connection to the Church (in particular in the 1840’s in Nauvoo). As my blog posting noted, it was kind of a disappointing lecture.

I haven’t attended any more lectures, but the series continues. The 4th one was just held.

If you are interested, you can read more about the Brock University partnership with the Grand Lodge of Canada. You can also learn more about the lecture series itself.

Charles A Sankey Lecture in Masonic Studies

A while ago I went with a friend to attend a lecture at the local university. Apparently Brock University has a fairly extensive collection of Masonic texts, and this was called the Charles A Sankey Lecture in Masonic Studies (click here for the program). The main part of the lecture was supposed to be about Perceptions of Freemasonry from the 18th century to the Internet. Seeing as there is a connection between Mormons and Masons, I was interested to hear about what was going to be shared.

Unfortunately, it did not really shed much light on anything for me. There was no introduction to what Masons do, why it exists, how they work today, or much of anything. I think part of the problem was that the presenter is a Mason himself, but this was not mentioned in the information. I think that should have been disclosed.

I really don’t have much to share, other then these few brief points:

  • Charles A Sankey was a Chancellor at Brock, and was a participating Mason. At one point he said, “Science and art find a common dwelling place in man’s mind”
  • There is a difference between outside and inside perceptions. The outside world may thing that their is opacity (things are secret), while the inside world thinks they are being transparent
  • In the classic world, the 7 liberal arts were necessary to help us understand the universe in which we live
  • While talking about some older texts, there was a short discussion about secret space and public space. This made me think of the more religious term “sacred space”
    margaret jacobs will be next year
  • The present suggested that we read The Lost Symbol a couple of times

This lecture was in 2010, and I never heard anything about the 2011 or 2012 lecture or if there was even another one.