How Anglican clergy perceive freemasonry : complementary system, incompatible enemy or harmless eccentricity
ap Sion, Tania, Francis, Leslie J. and Windsor, Caroline. (2011) How Anglican clergy perceive freemasonry : complementary system, incompatible enemy or harmless eccentricity. Journal of Contemporary Religion, Vol.26 (No.2). pp. 225-243. ISSN 1353-7903Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13537903.2011.573336
While the Roman Catholic Church has consistently pronounced against Freemasonry, the Church of England has never officially done so. Twenty years after the last debate on the subject in the General Synod (1987), the present study has assessed the views on Freemasonry held by senior clergy (Archdeacons, Area and Rural Deans) through a qualitative survey that attracted 518 responses (response rate: 64%). The survey generated more negative responses about Freemasonry than positive responses. The former revolved around six themes: additional public commitments, family life, fair practice, theological orthodoxy, spiritual development, church development and change. The latter revolved around three themes: philanthropy, provision of wider networks, local social activity and service. The data demonstrated that, whether making positive or negative evaluations, the majority of clergy took the theme seriously and made little attempt to trivialise Freemasonry. It was also clear that the majority of views were based on personal contact, hearsay, and anecdote, rather than on an informed examination of the issues. On the basis of these findings, recommendations are made for both further research and the continuing professional education of clergy.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
H Social Sciences > HS Societies secret benevolent etc
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute of Education|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Church of England -- Clergy, Clergy -- Attitudes, Freemasonry|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Contemporary Religion|
|Page Range:||pp. 225-243|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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