The Ancient Records of Lodges beyond the Sea, To Be Read At The Making of New Brethren,
or When The Master Shall Order It.
I. Concerning GOD and RELIGION.
A Mason is oblig’d by his Tenure, to obey the moral law; and if he rightly understands the Art, he will never be a stupid Atheist nor an irreligious Libertine. But though in ancient Times Masons were charg’d in every Country to be of the Religion of that Country or Nation, whatever it was, yet ‘tis now thought more expedient only to oblige them to that Religion in which all Men agree, leaving their particular Opinions to themselves; that is, to be good Men and true, or Men of Honour and Honesty, by whatever Denominations or Persuasions they may be distinguish’d; whereby Masonry becomes the Center of Union, and the Means of conciliating true Friendship among Persons that must have remain'd at a perpetual Distance.
According with the European and Mediterrean traditions that are common to this practice of freemasonry Men of all religions including those who don't profess a choosen religion may be received as members of a Lodge. The fundamental requirement is that they accept and believe in a Supreme Being, a Creator of Eart, Humanity and Life that explains the ultimate sense of living and the order that lays beneath the apparent desorder entailled by Men. The name anyone atributes to Him is its own concern. If Men cannot accept that is vulnerable, limited and a recepient for failure how can he believe in Human improvement, solidarity, good and wrong, life and death. Saying that Freemasons don't believe that a Church or a Clergy is needed for this dialogue with the Eternal. It is personal, intimate, reclusive.