• Is Evil a Biological Phenomenon that can be Mitigated or Prevented?

    Bentonville Public Library

    October's topic will be conducted by Brother Bro. Chris Osborn on a study of Freemasonry: What is evil? After a short lecture, a discussion and debate by the group will follow. We often think that evil is something outside of us that can control our thoughts and actions to do things we know are not right. The concept has a religious basis in many respects, but what if it is something that can be located in the brain or DNA? If so, can we determine who might have evil tendencies well before they have the chance to perform any evil acts and work toward prevention? Is evil really evil or might it just be a disease or psychological condition? These are a few of the questions that will be explored using the ideas of Simon Baron-Cohen as a basis for discussion from his book entitled The Science of Evil. Mission Statement The Masonic Philosophical Society embraces the concept of learning, not for school, but for life, and believes that all men, who seek it, deserve access to continued education. We further embrace the concept of a community environment, where ideas can be shared and debated in an open forum. From the seven liberal arts to the arcane, we seek to gain and to share the knowledge that is the legacy of mankind. More Resources Website: http://www.philosophicalsociety.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/masonicphilosophicalsociety Learn more about Freemasonry: http://www.universalfreemasonry.org

  • Is the Path of Initiation a Heros Journey?

    Bentonville Public Library

    September's topic will be conducted by Brother Bro. Pamela McDown on a study of Freemasonry: Is the Path of Initiation a Heros Journey? After a short lecture, a discussion and debate by the group will follow. The phrase “heros journey” or monomyth was made popular by Joseph Campbell in his book Hero with a Thousand Faces. Its the idea that one single protagonist undergoes a life-changing journey to come out the other side wiser than they began. How does the esoteric path of initiation compare to the twelve stages of the heros quest? Join us to see how Freemasons follow a similar journey of their own. Mission Statement The Masonic Philosophical Society embraces the concept of learning, not for school, but for life, and believes that all men, who seek it, deserve access to continued education. We further embrace the concept of a community environment, where ideas can be shared and debated in an open forum. From the seven liberal arts to the arcane, we seek to gain and to share the knowledge that is the legacy of mankind. More Resources Website: http://www.philosophicalsociety.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/masonicphilosophicalsociety Learn more about Freemasonry: http://www.universalfreemasonry.org

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  • Are Crafts really a form of Art?

    Bentonville Public Library

    July's topic will be conducted by Brother Bro. Lisa Woodworth on a study of Freemasonry: Are Crafts really a form of Art? After a short lecture, a discussion and debate by the group will follow. Art is a form of work that expresses emotions and expressions. Craft is a form of work, which has a physical form just like in moulding and carving. One can create duplicate craft forms, which is not possible with art. Art forms move people emotionally, whereas crafts attract people. But can''t crafts open the door for people to express emotions? Masonry is oftentimes referred to as a Craft - could Masonic Builders then be considered Artists? Let''s explore Beauty, together. Mission Statement The Masonic Philosophical Society embraces the concept of learning, not for school, but for life, and believes that all men, who seek it, deserve access to continued education. We further embrace the concept of a community environment, where ideas can be shared and debated in an open forum. From the seven liberal arts to the arcane, we seek to gain and to share the knowledge that is the legacy of mankind. More Resources Website: http://www.philosophicalsociety.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/masonicphilosophicalsociety Learn more about Freemasonry: http://www.universalfreemasonry.org

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  • Can a Number Reveal Your Destiny?

    Bentonville Public Library

    June's topic will be conducted by Brother Bro. Judy Champion on a study of Freemasonry: Can a Number Reveal Your Destiny? After a short lecture, a discussion and debate by the group will follow. Numbers are not simply tools for measuring and quantifying. Where and when did written numbers arise? As mathematics became more abstract, numbers and formulas became the universal language of science. Philosophers have attributed properties and energies to them, metaphysical and even spiritual. In religious contexts, 3, 7, 12, 30 and 40 occur frequently. Why was five revered by the Pythagoreans? Numerology grew out of their philosophy of numbers. The numerical values of your birth date and name may indicate lifelong energy patterns or influences. Certain numbers are prominent in Freemasonry and carry symbolic meaning especially when combined with geometry: 3-triangle, 4-square, etc. Are numbers entities that help us understand the natural world and forces? We will explore these ideas together. Mission Statement The Masonic Philosophical Society embraces the concept of learning, not for school, but for life, and believes that all men, who seek it, deserve access to continued education. We further embrace the concept of a community environment, where ideas can be shared and debated in an open forum. From the seven liberal arts to the arcane, we seek to gain and to share the knowledge that is the legacy of mankind. More Resources Website: http://www.philosophicalsociety.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/masonicphilosophicalsociety Learn more about Freemasonry: http://www.universalfreemasonry.org

  • Is it really possible to have a soul exchange?

    Bentonville Public Library

    May's topic will be conducted by Brother Bro. Tom Simota on a study of Freemasonry: Is it really possible to have a soul exchange? After a short lecture, a discussion and debate by the group will follow. Author Ruth Montgomery was one of the first to coin the phrase, "walk-ins" to signify that benevolent, enlightened messengers of hope are among us. Be it from a near-death experience or spiritual crisis, supposedly a highly developed spiritual entity can enter in and take over the functioning of a human being who no longer desires to live - aka a soul exchange. Esoterically, is this even possible, or is it fanciful journalism to entice an audience to explore tabloids? Freemasons ponder on ideas and don''t blindly accept or dismiss without a deeper investigation. We shall gather to ponder, discuss and discern if this is possible and what it could mean for the future of humanity? Mission Statement The Masonic Philosophical Society embraces the concept of learning, not for school, but for life, and believes that all men, who seek it, deserve access to continued education. We further embrace the concept of a community environment, where ideas can be shared and debated in an open forum. From the seven liberal arts to the arcane, we seek to gain and to share the knowledge that is the legacy of mankind. More Resources Website: http://www.philosophicalsociety.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/masonicphilosophicalsociety Learn more about Freemasonry: http://www.universalfreemasonry.org

  • Does spiritual ritual affect our physical bodies?

    Bentonville Public Library

    April's topic will be conducted by Brother Bro. Jill Jones on a study of Freemasonry: Does spiritual ritual affect our physical bodies? After a short lecture, a discussion and debate by the group will follow. There are many positive benefits of ritual on the physical body, such as the ritual of a hygiene routine. We get up in the morning and wash our face, shower, shave, and brush our teeth, all of these “rituals” have definite, measurable benefits. What if we could measure our spiritual growth on a physical plane? What would that measurement look like? Should we compare our spiritual selves to others? Mission Statement The Masonic Philosophical Society embraces the concept of learning, not for school, but for life, and believes that all men, who seek it, deserve access to continued education. We further embrace the concept of a community environment, where ideas can be shared and debated in an open forum. From the seven liberal arts to the arcane, we seek to gain and to share the knowledge that is the legacy of mankind. More Resources Website: http://www.philosophicalsociety.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/masonicphilosophicalsociety Learn more about Freemasonry: http://www.universalfreemasonry.org

  • Is Language (The World of Symbols) the bridge from the unreal to the real?

    March's topic will be conducted by Brother Bro. Dennis Garza on a study of Freemasonry: Is Language (The World of Symbols) the bridge from the unreal to the real? After a short lecture, a discussion and debate by the group will follow. “Om Asat oma Sat Gamaya Tamas oma Jyotir Gamaya Mrity orma amritam Gamaya Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti, Shanti hi” “Lead me from the unreal to the real Lead me from the darkness to the Light Lead me from death (the temporal) to immortality (the eternal) Peace, peace, pure peace” ? Brihadaranyaka Upanishad[masked] (Upanishad of the Great Wilderness) In this ancient Pavamana Mantra (Mantram of Extraction, Soma) from the Upanishads we see a formula that leads to peace, a kind of peace that passes all understanding. The formula is presented in three stages: Stage 1: From the Unreal to the Real Stage 2: From Darkness to Light Stage 3: From Death to Immortality (Deathlessness) Today we will take a look at stage 1 of the ancient journey, a journey from the Unreal to the Real! We will do so, in part, by peering at the idea through the lens of the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan’s theory of mind. " Mission Statement The Masonic Philosophical Society embraces the concept of learning, not for school, but for life, and believes that all men, who seek it, deserve access to continued education. We further embrace the concept of a community environment, where ideas can be shared and debated in an open forum. From the seven liberal arts to the arcane, we seek to gain and to share the knowledge that is the legacy of mankind. More Resources Website: http://www.philosophicalsociety.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/masonicphilosophicalsociety Learn more about Freemasonry: http://www.universalfreemasonry.org

  • Is Deism Really Atheism in Disguise?

    Bentonville Public Library

    February's topic will be conducted by Brother Bro. Kris Wilson-Slack on a study of Freemasonry: Is Deism Really Atheism in Disguise? After a short lecture, a discussion and debate by the group will follow. Deism is the belief that while God exists and he created the universe, He has since been a hands-off being. He is the clockmaker that has no need or want of adoration

  • Should certain books be banned from the public?

    Bentonville Public Library

    January’s topic will be conducted by Brother Isaac Levy on a study of Freemasonry: Should certain books be banned from the public? After a short lecture, a discussion and debate by the group will follow. America prides itself on the First Amendment, the freedom of speech. However, the American Library Association receives hundreds of complaints annually for certain books to be banned due to offensive ideas, sexually explicit content, or racial context. Many countries have books banned as well. Should certain books be banned from the public? Does this protect society or oppress society? Would Freemasonry, being an institution that fosters learning, advocate the banning of certain publications from the public? Are there certain Masonic books that are banned from certain people? Mission Statement The Masonic Philosophical Society embraces the concept of learning, not for school, but for life, and believes that all men, who seek it, deserve access to continued education. We further embrace the concept of a community environment, where ideas can be shared and debated in an open forum. From the seven liberal arts to the arcane, we seek to gain and to share the knowledge that is the legacy of mankind. More Resources Website: http://www.philosophicalsociety.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/masonicphilosophicalsociety Learn more about Freemasonry: http://www.universalfreemasonry.org

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  • Is a New Archetype for the Mystic emerging?

    The Center

    • What we'll do Study of Freemasonry and Esotericism You are invited on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 1:00 PM to the Masonic Philosophical Society for our next hosted discussion and study. Each month a different topic, ranging from philosophy and science to religion and metaphysics, is discussed and debated. This group, which is open to the public, is where non-members can learn more about Freemasonry, as well as meet local Freemasons. Study Topic December's topic will be conducted by Brother Pamela McDown on a study of Freemasonry: Is a New Archetype for the Mystic emerging? After a short lecture, a discussion and debate by the group will follow. Do Mystics have to live cloistered lives to be effective? For centuries, it has been the belief that to find Divinity (in the deepest sense) requires a life of contemplative solitude. Though not denying that there is a measure of truth to this, are times changing? Author Caroline Myss uses the phrase “mystics out of monasteries.” The idea suggests that a mystic may have an ordinary life, a family, a partner, a profession - and yet simultaneously seek to develop a mystical interior life. Do we think that mystics in the coming age are coming out of their cloistered existence? Please join us to discuss mystics of the past and present day and how the mystical path is similar to the path of a Freemason. Directions: 12 McKissic Creek Suite 1200, Bentonville, AR Mission Statement The Masonic Philosophical Society embraces the concept of learning, not for school, but for life, and believes that all men, who seek it, deserve access to continued education. We further embrace the concept of a community environment, where ideas can be shared and debated in an open forum. From the seven liberal arts to the arcane, we seek to gain and to share the knowledge that is the legacy of mankind. More Resources Website: http://www.philosophicalsociety.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/masonicphilosophicalsociety Learn more about Freemasonry: http://www.co-masonry.org • What to bring • Important to know