It was compiled by Albert Pike , was first published in and was regularly reprinted thereafter until An upgraded official reprint was released in , with the benefit of annotations by Arturo de Hoyos, the Scottish Rite's Grand Archivist and Grand Historian.
Morals and Dogma has been described as "a collection of thirty-two essays which provide a philosophical rationale for the degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. The lectures provided a backdrop for the degrees by giving lessons in comparative religion, history and philosophy".
The original printing had pages of text, while a page Digest-Index was added by Trevanion W. Its thirty-two chapters discuss the philosophical symbolism of a degree of Scottish Rite Freemasonry in extensive detail. In Pike's original Preface, he noted:.
Though it discusses the minutiae of Masonic ritual at length, it is written so as not to reveal the Masonic secrets. Ritual motions and objects are named and elaborated upon, but not described.
Albert Pike - Morals & Dogma
Although Morals and Dogma is an esoteric book, it was not a secret one; Pike's original preface was clear that any Mason could own the book, but only Scottish Rite Masons would be encouraged to own one.
It is stated that nothing in the book is meant to reveal any of the secrets to freemasonry but to simply hint or shed light.
An emphasis on religious and cultural tolerance is shown throughout the work, emphasizing that the root of all religion was the same.
These common traits and symbols in all religions are explained in detail, beginning with the Orphic Egg or Cosmic Egg, and then moving towards ancient Egyptian, Phoenician, Buddhist, and Hindu texts, and the Abrahamic religions. A copy of Morals and Dogma was given to every new member of the Southern Jurisdiction from the early s until although some local Scottish Rite bodies offered copies through the mids , when it was deemed "too advanced to be helpful to the new Scottish Rite member.
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With the release of the authorized edition of , Morals and Dogma is once more being given to new Scottish Rite Masons in the Southern Jurisdiction, and all restrictions on sales to the general public have been removed.
According to Chris Hodapp, "whole passages of Levi's book made into Pike's". After the copyright of Morals and Dogma was not renewed; and, like many out-of-copyright works, it was reprinted many times by various publishers. The text is reprinted in full, with about scholarly notes on difficult passages, touching on historical, religious, and philosophical issues.
The new edition is augmented by subject headings, and illustrations from the original books Pike used, new paragraph numbers, and corrections based upon original texts.
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Morals and Dogma
Part of a series on. In preparing this work, the Grand Commander has been about equally Author and Compiler; since he has extracted quite half of its contents from the works of the best writers and most philosophic or eloquent thinkers.
Perhaps it would have been better and more acceptable if he had extracted more and written less. Everyone is entirely free to reject and dissent from whatsoever herein may seem to him to be untrue or unsound.