“Why Thirty-Three?: Searching for Masonic Origins” by S. Brent Morris, Ph.D. Reviewed by Cathy Giaimo, Librarian, The Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania.
Brother S. Brent Morris is an accomplished scholar and author in and out of Masonic circles, as anyone who has read his many articles and books can attest to. He has advanced the scholarship on Freemasonry and has much to show for his tireless efforts.
“Why Thirty-Three?” is a compilation of articles Morris has written over the past 20+ years in various publications such as “The Plumbline,” “Heredom,” “Ars Quatuor Coronatorum,” “The Phylaxis” and many others. The articles are examples of his wide-ranging interests in the history and development of Freemasonry. Depending on the subject matter, the articles range from a few pages, such as “American Freemasons and the Spirit of Freemasonry,” a homage of sorts to the Freemasons who served their country well, to the longer “New Light on the Gormogons,” a rather mysterious 18th century fraternal society whose founding and membership are not entirely clear.
No matter where Morris’ research and writings take him, the reader will be all the more informed and enlightened on Freemasonry.
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