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David G. Hackett

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520281677

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520281677.001.0001

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A Private World of Ritual, 1797–1825

A Private World of Ritual, 1797–1825

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(p.84) 3 A Private World of Ritual, 1797–1825
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That Religion in Which All Men Agree
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David G. Hackett

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520281677.003.0004

After the Revolution, the fraternity began to evolve its private ritual life. The new ritual quest for primeval truth was part of a larger Christian Restorationist, Primitivist, and Mormon attraction to ancient wisdom. The third chapter begins with the origins and development of these new degree rites, their relationship to John Locke’s epistemology, and their contribution to a new psychology of the self that could only be reached through emotional assault. Further, at a time when some leading women were attracted to the fraternity’s public embrace of republicanism and Christianity, the lodge was becoming a place of private retreat from the public world that would broadly parallel the development of women’s private, pious, domestic sphere.

Keywords:   Freemasonry, ritual, private, John Locke, self, women’s sphere, public, republican, Christian

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