The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, which is more commonly referred to as the Scottish Rite, makes up 1 out of the many groups that are associated with a worldwide fraternity called Freemasonry. The Scottish Rite is more widely practiced and the largest Masonic Rite across the globe which employs its own lodge system.
While there are no Masonic degrees that are as important as Master Mason, there is also a very long tradition which is close to age in Freemasonry known as the “high degrees” that elaborate and expand upon the lessons and teachings about the 1st three degrees. The Scottish Rite degrees teach on various moral degrees which culminates in the 32°, of the Master of the Royal Secret.
Is The Scottish Rite A Secret Society?
No, it is not, the Scottish Rite along with other Freemasonry forms operate openly with many of their events made public. However, there is “private modes of recognition” such as handshakes and passwords which represents Mason’s abilities to keep promises.
Is The Scottish Rite A Religion?
No. While this practice does require that every member believes in a “Supreme Being”, it is not of importance how the members express this personal belief. In addition, there are no dogmatic systems in Freemasonry. The confusion about a “secular nature” associated with Freemasonry has been one of the common misconceptions for a number of years.
The reason for this misconception mainly has to do with the Holy Book which is positioned in the center of a Masonic Lodge on an altar. The Holy Book is in some cases not Christian, like the Bible, yet rather any type of Holy Book which holds importance to members of that lodge. However, in countries such as the US, where most of the population is mainly Christian, this Holy Book is usually the King James Version of the Bible.