What is Freemasonry’s relationship with religion?

All Freemasons must believe in a supreme being (from any religion) – but how that belief is expressed is entirely up to them. Put another way, Freemasonry deals in a man’s relationship with other people, not in a man’s relationship with his god.

However, it’s important to note that Freemasonry is not a religious organisation, and the discussion of religion is not allowed at our meetings.

Unfortunately, there are elements within certain churches who misunderstand or criticise Freemasonry, and confuse our non-religious rituals with religious worship. In actual fact, there are many Masons who are members of such churches, and who are dismayed by these criticisms of Freemasonry – which after all has always encouraged its members to be active in their own religion.

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