"Humanism" is considered a positive idea by the majority
of people. It brings to mind notions such as love of humanity, peace and
brotherhood. But, the philosophical meaning of humanism is much more significant:
humanism is a way of thinking that posits the concept of humanity as its
focus and only goal. In other words, it calls human beings to turn away
from God their Creator, and concern themselves with their own existence
and identity. A common dictionary defines humanism as: "a system of thought
that is based on the values, characteristics, and behavior that are believed
to be best in human beings, rather than on any supernatural authority."33
Today, humanism has become another name for atheism. One example
of this is the enthusiasm for Darwin typical in the American magazine,
The clearest definition of humanism, however, has been put forward by
those who espoused it. One of the most prominent modern spokesmen for
humanism is Corliss Lamont. In his book The Philosophy of Humanism,
the author writes:
[In sum] humanism believes that nature ... constitutes
the sum total of reality, that matter-energy and not mind is the foundation
stuff of the universe and that supernatural entities simply do not exist.
This nonreality of the supernatural means, on the human level, that
men do not possess supernatural and immortal souls; and, on the level
of the universe as a whole, that our cosmos does not possess a supernatural
and eternal God.34
As we can see, humanism is almost identical to atheism, and this fact
is freely admitted by humanists. There were two important manifestos published
by humanists in the last century. The first was published in 1933, and
was signed by some important individuals of that time. Forty years later,
in 1973, a second humanist manifesto was published which confirmed the
first, but contained some additions relative to some developments that
had occurred in the meantime. Thousands of thinkers, scientists, writers
and members of the media signed the second manifesto, which is supported
by the still very active American Humanist Association.
When we examine the manifestos, we find one basic foundation in each
of them: the atheist dogma that the universe and human beings were not
created but exist independently, that human beings are not responsible
to any other authority besides themselves, and that belief in God has
retarded the development of individuals and societies. For example, the
first six articles of the first Humanist Manifesto are as follows:
First: Religious humanists
regard the universe as self-existing and not created.
Second: Humanism believes that man is
a part of nature and that he has emerged as the result of a continuous
Third: Holding an organic view of life,
humanists find that the traditional dualism of mind and body must be
Fourth: Humanism recognizes that man's
religious culture and civilization, as clearly depicted by anthropology
and history, are the product of a gradual development due to his interaction
with his natural environment and with his social heritage. The individual
born into a particular culture is largely molded by that culture.
Fifth: Humanism asserts that the nature
of the universe depicted by modern science makes unacceptable any supernatural
or cosmic guarantees of human values...
Sixth: We are convinced that the time
has passed for theism, deism, modernism, and the several varieties of
In the above articles, we see the expression of a common philosophy that
manifests itself under such names as materialism, Darwinism, atheism and
agnosticism. In the first article, the materialist dogma of the eternal
existence of the universe is put forward. The second article states, as
the theory of evolution does, that human beings were not created. The
third article denies the existence of the human soul claiming that human
beings are composed of matter. The fourth article proposes a "cultural
evolution" and denies the existence of a divinely ordained human nature
(a special human nature given in creation). The fifth article rejects
God's sovereignty over the universe and humanity, and the sixth states
that it is time to reject "theism," that is belief in God.
It will be noticed that these claims are stereotypical ideas, typical
of those circles that are hostile to true religion. The reason for this
is that humanism is the main foundation of anti-religious sentiment. This
is because humanism is an expression of "man's reckoning
that he will be left to go on unchecked," which has been the primary
basis, throughout history, for the denial of God. In one verse of the
Qur'an, God says:
Does man reckon he will be left to go on unchecked?
Was he not a drop of ejaculated sperm,
then a blood-clot which He created and shaped,
making from it both sexes, male and female?
Is He who does this not able to bring the dead to life?
(Qur'an, 75: 36-40)
God says that people are not to be "left to go on unchecked," and reminds
them immediately afterwards that they are His creation. This is because,
when a person realizes that he is a creation of God, he understands that
he is not "unchecked" but responsible before God.
For this reason, the claim that human beings are not created has become
the basic doctrine of humanist philosophy. The first two articles of the
first Humanist Manifesto give an expression to this doctrine. Moreover,
humanists maintain that science supports these claims.
However, they are wrong. Since the first Humanist Manifesto was published,
the two premises that humanists have presented as scientific facts-the
idea that the universe is eternal and the theory of evolution-have collapsed:
1. The idea that the universe is eternal was invalidated
by a series of astronomical discoveries made when the first Humanist Manifesto
was being written. Discoveries such as the fact that the universe
is expanding, of cosmic background radiation and the calculation of the
ratio of hydrogen to helium, have shown that the universe had a beginning,
and that it came to be from nothing some 15-17 billion years ago in a
giant explosion called the "Big Bang." Although those who espouse the
humanist and materialist philosophy were unwilling to accept the Big Bang
theory, they were eventually won over. As a result of the scientific evidence
that has come to light, the scientific community has finally accepted
the Big Bang theory, that is, that the universe had a beginning, and therefore
humanists have no argument. Thus the atheist thinker Anthony Flew was
forced to confess:
…I will therefore begin by confessing that the Stratonician
atheist has to be embarrassed by the contemporary cosmological consensus.
For it seems that the cosmologists are providing a scientific proof
of what St. Thomas contended could not be proved philosophically; namely,
that the universe had a beginning…36
2. The theory of evolution, the most important
scientific justification behind the first Humanist Manifesto, started
to lose ground in the decades after it was written. It is known
today that the scenario proposed for the origin of life by atheist (and
no doubt humanist) evolutionists, such as A. I. Oparin and J. B. S. Haldane
in the 1930's, has no scientific validity; living things cannot be generated
spontaneously from non-living matter as proposed by this scenario. The
fossil record demonstrates that living things did not develop through
a process of small cumulative changes, but appeared abruptly with their
distinct characteristics, and this fact has been accepted by evolutionist
paleontologists themselves since the 1970's. Modern biology has demonstrated
that living things are not the result of chance and natural laws, but
that there are in each organism complex systems indicating an intelligent
design that is evidence for creation. (For details refer to Harun Yahya,
Refuted: How the Theory of Evolution Breaks Down in the Light of Modern
Moreover, the erroneous claim that religious belief was the factor that
prevented humanity from progressing and drew it into conflict has been
disproved by historical experience. Humanists have claimed that the removal
of religious belief would make people happy and at ease, however, the
opposite has proved to be the case. Six years after the first Humanist
Manifesto was published, the Second World War broke out, a record of the
calamity brought upon the world by the secular fascist ideology. The humanist
ideology of communism wreaked, first on the people of the Soviet Union,
then on the citizens of China, Cambodia, Vietnam, North Korea, Cuba and
various African and Latin American countries, unparalleled savagery. A
total of 120 million people were killed by communist regimes or organizations.
It is also evident that the Western brand of humanism (capitalist systems)
has not succeeded in bringing peace and happiness to their own societies
or to other areas of the world.
collapse of humanism's argument on religion has also been manifested in
the field of psychology. The Freudian myth, a corner-stone of the atheist
dogma since early twentieth century, has been invalidated by empirical
data. Patrick Glynn, of the George Washington University, explains this
fact in his book titled God: The Evidence, The Reconciliation of Faith
and Reason in a Postsecular World :
The last quarter of the twentieth century has not
been kind to the psychoanalytic vision. Most significant has been the
exposure of Freud's views of religion (not to mention a host of other
matters) as entirely fallacious. Ironically enough, scientific research
in psychology over the past twenty-five years has demonstrated that,
far from being a neurosis or source of neuroses as Freud and his disciples
claimed, religious belief is one of the most consistent correlates of
overall mental health and happiness. Study after study has shown a powerful
relationship between religious belief and practice, on the one hand,
and healthy behaviors with regard to such problems as suicide, alcohol
and drug abuse, divorce, depression, even, perhaps surprisingly, levels
of sexual satisfaction in marriage, on the other hand. 37
In short, the supposed scientific justification behind humanism has been
proven invalid and its promises vain. Nevertheless, humanists have not
abandoned their philosophy, but rather, in fact, have tried to spread
it throughout the world through methods of mass propaganda. Especially
in the post-war period there has been intense humanist propaganda in the
fields of science, philosophy, music, literature, art and cinema. The
attractive but hollow messages created by humanist ideologues have been
insistently imposed upon the masses. The song "Imagine," by John Lennon,
soloist of the most popular music group of all times, the Beatles, is
an example of this:
John Lennon, by his lyrics, "Imagine there is no religion,"
was one of the most prominent propagandists of humanist philosophy
in the twentieth century.
Imagine there's no
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today...
Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too...
You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one
This song was chosen as the "song of the century" in several polls that
were held in 1999. This is a good indication of the sentimentality with
which humanism, lacking any scientific or rational foundation, is imposed
on the masses. Humanism can produce no rational objection to religion
or the truths it teaches, but attempts to employ suggestive methods such
When the promises of the 1933 I. Humanist Manifesto proved vain, forty
years passed after which humanists presented a second draft. At the beginning
of the text was an attempt to explain why the first promises had come
to nothing. Despite the fact that this explanation was extremely weak,
it demonstrated the enduring attachment of humanists to their atheist
The most obvious characteristic of the manifesto was its preservation
of the anti-religious line of the 1933 manifesto:
As in 1933, humanists still believe that traditional
theism, especially faith in the prayer-hearing God, assumed to live
and care for persons, to hear and understand their prayers, and to be
able to do something about them, is an unproved and outmoded faith…
We believe ...that traditional dogmatic or authoritarian religions that
place revelation, God, ritual, or creed above human needs and experience
do a disservice to the human species... As nontheists, we begin with
humans not God, nature not deity.38
This is a very superficial explanation. In order to understand religion,
one first needs the intelligence and understanding to be able to grasp
profound ideas. The predisposition must be sincerity and the avoidance
of prejudice. Instead, humanism is nothing more than the attempt of some
individuals, who are passionately atheistic and antireligious from the
outset, to portray this prejudice as rational.
Contrary to the promises of humanist philosophy, atheism have brought
only war, conflict, cruelty and suffering to the world.
However, the efforts of humanists to describe faith in God and monotheistic
religions as groundless and outmoded creeds is actually not a new undertaking;
it is the emulation of a claim that has been made for thousands of years
by those who reject God. In the Qur'an, God explains this age-old argument
propounded by the unbelievers:
Your God is One God. As for those who do not believe
in the hereafter, their hearts are in denial and they are puffed up
There is no doubt that God knows what they keep secret
and what they make public. He does not love people puffed up with pride.
When they are asked, "What has your Lord sent down?"
they say, "Myths and legends of previous peoples." (Qur'an, 16: 22-24)
This verse reveals that the real reason of the unbelievers' rejection
of religion is the arrogance hidden in their hearts. The philosophy called
humanism is merely the outward manner by which this age rejects God. In
other words, humanism is not a new way of thinking, as those who espouse
it claim; it is an age-old, antiquated world-view common to those who
reject God out of arrogance.
When we look at the progress of humanism in European history, we will
discover many solid proofs for this assertion.
THE ROOTS OF HUMANISM IN THE KABBALAH
We have seen that the Kabbalah is a doctrine that dates back to Ancient
Egypt, and that it entered and contaminated the religion that God revealed
to the Israelites. We have also seen that its foundation rests upon a
perverse way of understanding that regards human beings as uncreated though
divine creatures that have existed for eternity.
Humanism entered Europe from this source. Christian belief was based
on the existence of God, and the belief that human beings were His dependent
servants created by Him. But, with the spread of the Templar tradition
throughout Europe, the Kabbalah began to attract a number of philosophers.
So, in the fifteenth century, a current of humanism began that left an
indelible mark on the European world of ideas.
This connection between humanism and the Kabbalah has been emphasized
in several sources. One of these sources is the book of the famous author
Malachi Martin entitled The Keys of This Blood. Martin is professor
of history at the Vatican's Pontifical Bible Institute. He says that the
influence of the Kabbalah can be clearly observed among the humanists:
As Vatican University historian Malachi Martin has shown, there
is a close relationship between the rise of humanism in Europe
and the Kabbalah…
In this unaccustomed climate of uncertainty and challenge that came
to mark early-Renaissance Italy, there arose a network of Humanist associations
with aspirations to escape the overall control of that established order.
Given aspirations like that, these associations had to exist in the
protection of secrecy, at least at their beginnings. But aside from
secrecy, these humanist groups were marked by two other main characteristics.
The first was that they were in revolt against the traditional interpretation
of the Bible as maintained by the ecclesiastical and civil authorities,
and against the philosophical and theological underpinnings provided
by the Church for civil and political life…
Not surprisingly given such an animus, these associations had their
own conception of the original message of the Bible and of God's revelation.
They latched onto what they considered to be an ultrasecret body of
knowledge, a gnosis, which they based in part on cultic and occultist
strains deriving from North Africa-notably, Egypt-and, in part, on the
classical Jewish Kabbala….
Italian humanists bowdlerized
the idea of Kabbala almost beyond recognition. They reconstructed
the concept of gnosis, and transferred it to a thoroughly this-wordly
plane. The special gnosis they sought was a secret knowledge
of how to master the blind forces of nature for a sociopolitical purpose.39
In short, the humanist societies formed in that period wanted to replace
the Catholic culture of Europe with a new culture that had its roots in
the Kabbalah. They aimed to create a sociopolitical change to bring this
about. It is interesting that, besides the Kabbalah, at the source of
this new culture were the doctrines of Ancient Egypt. Prof. Martin writes:
Initiates of those early humanist associations were
devotees of the Great Force-the Great Architect of the Cosmos-which
they represented under the form of the Sacred Tetragrammaton, YHWH ….[humanists]
borrowed other symbols-the Pyramid and the All Seeing Eye-mainly from
It is quite interesting that humanists make use of the concept of "the
Great Architect of the Universe," a term still used by Masons today. This
indicates that there must be a relationship between humanists and Masons.
Prof. Martin writes:
In other northern climes, meanwhile, a far more important
union took place, with the humanists. A union that no one could have
In the 1300s, during the time that the cabalist-humanist associations
were beginning to find their bearings, there already existed-particularly
in England, Scotland and France-medieval guilds of men …
No one alive in the 1300s could have predicted a merger of minds between
freemason guilds and the Italian humanists….
The new Masonry shifted away from all allegiance to Roman ecclesiastical
Christianity. And again, as for the Italian occultist humanists, the
secrecy guaranteed by the tradition of the Lodge was essential in the
The two groups had more in common than secrecy, however. From the writings
and records of speculative Masonry, it is clear that the central religious
tenet became a belief in the Great Architect of the Universe-a figure
familiar by now from the influence of Italian humanists…The Great Architect
was immanent to and essentially a part of the material cosmos, a product
of the "enlightened" mind.
There was no conceptual basis by which such a belief could be reconciled
with Christianity. For precluded were all such ideas as sin, Hell for
punishment and Heaven for reward, and eternally perpetual Sacrifice
of the Mass, saints and angels, priest and pope.41
In short, in Europe, in the fourteenth century, a humanist and Masonic
organization was born that had its roots in the Kabbalah. And, this organization
did not regard God as the Jews, Christians and Muslims did: the Creator
and Ruler of the whole universe and the only Lord and God of humanity.
Instead, they used a different concept, such as the "Great Architect of
the Universe," which they perceived as being "part of the material universe."
In other words, this secret organization, that appeared in Europe in
the fourteenth century, rejected God, but, under the concept of "the Great
Architect of the Universe," accepted the material universe as a divinity.
For a clearer definition of this corrupt belief, we can jump forward
to the twentieth century and look at Masonic literature. For example,
one of Turkey's most senior Masons, Selami Isindag, has a book entitled
Masonluktan Esinmeleler (Inspirations from Freemasonry). The purpose
of this book is to train young Masons. Concerning the Masons' belief in
the "Great Architect of the Universe," he has this to say:
Masonry is not godless. But the concept of God they
have adopted is different from that of religion. The
god of Masonry is an exalted principle. It is at the apex of the evolution.
By criticizing our inner being, knowing ourselves and deliberately walking
in the path of science, intelligence and virtue, we can lessen the angle
between him and us. Then, this god does not possess the good and bad
characteristics of human beings. It is not personified. It
is not thought of as the guide of nature or humanity. It is the architect
of the great working of the universe, of its unity and harmony.
It is the totality of all the creatures in the universe, a
total power encompassing everything, an energy. Despite all this,
it cannot be accepted that it is a beginning… this is a great mystery.42
In the same book, it is clear that when Freemasons speak of the "Great
Architect of the Universe," they mean nature, or, that they worship nature:
Apart from nature there can
be no power responsible for our thought or our activities…The
principles and doctrines of Masonry are scientific facts based on science
and intelligence. God is the evolution. An element
of it is the power of nature. So the absolute reality is the evolution
itself and the energy that encompasses it.43
The magazine Mimar Sinan, a publishing organization especially
for Turkish Freemasons also gives expression to the same Masonic philosophy:
The Great Architect of the Universe
is a leaning toward eternity. It is an entering into eternity. For us,
it is an approach. It entails the on-going search for absolute
perfection in eternity. It forms a distance between the current moment
and the Thinking Freemason, or, consciousness.44
This is the belief the Masons mean when they say, "we believe in God,
we absolutely do not accept atheists among us." It is not God that Masons
worship, but naturalist and humanist concepts such as nature, evolution
and humanity divinized by their philosophy.
When we look briefly at Masonic literature, we may begin to see that
this organization is nothing more than organized humanism, as well as
recognize that its aim is to create throughout the whole world a secular,
humanist order. These ideas were born among the humanists of fourteenth
century Europe; present-day Masons still propose and defend them.
MASONIC HUMANISM: THE WORSHIP OF HUMANITY
The internal publications of the Masons describe in detail the humanist
philosophy of the organization and their hostility to monotheism. There
are countless explanations, interpretations, quotations and allegories
offered on this subject in Masonic publications.
Pico della Mirandola, a prominent Kabbalist humanist.
As we said at the beginning, humanism has turned its face from the Creator
of humanity and accepted humans as "the highest form of being in the universe."
In fact, this implies the worship of humanity. This irrational belief,
that began with the Kabbalist humanists in the fourteenth and fifteenth
centuries, continues today in modern Masonry.
One of the fourteenth century's most famous humanists was Pico Della
Mirandola. His work entitled Conclusiones philosophicae, cabalisticae,
et theologicae was condemned by Pope Innocent VIII in 1489 as containing
heretical ideas. Mirandola wrote that there is nothing in the world higher
than the glory of mankind. The Church saw this as a heretical idea that
was nothing less than the worship of humanity. Indeed, this was a heretical
idea because there is no other being to be glorified except God. Humanity
is merely His creation.
Today, Masons proclaim Mirandola's heretical idea of the worship of humanity
much more openly. For example, in a local Masonic booklet, it says:
Primitive societies were weak and, because of this
weakness, they divinized the power and phenomena around them. But Masonry
divinizes only humanity.45
In The Lost Keys of Freemasonry, Manly P. Hall explains that this
Masonic humanist doctrine goes back to Ancient Egypt:
Man is a god in the making,
and as in the mystic myths of Egypt, on the potter's wheel, he
is being molded. When his light shines out to
lift and preserve all things, he receives the triple crown of godhood,
and joins that throng of Master Masons, who in their robe of
Blue and Gold, are seeking to dispel the darkness of night with the
triple light of the Masonic Lodge.46
This is to say that according to the false belief of Masonry, human beings
are gods, but only a grand master reaches the fullness of this divinity.
The way to become a grand master is to fully reject the belief in God
and the fact that human beings are His servants. This fact is briefly
touched on by another writer, J.D. Buck, in his book Mystic Masonry:
The only personal God Freemasonry
accepts is humanity in toto . . . Humanity therefore is the only personal
god that there is.47
Evidently, Masonry is a kind of religion. But, it is
not a monotheistic religion; it is a humanist religion and, therefore,
a false religion. It enjoins the worship of humanity, not of God. Masonic
writings insist on this point. In an article in the magazine Turk Mason
(The Turkish Mason), it says, "We always acknowledge
that the high ideal of Masonry lies in 'Humanisme' doctrine."48
Another Turkish publication explains that humanism is a religion:
Far from dry sermons on religious dogmas, but a genuine
religion. And our humanism in which the meaning
of life takes root, will satisfy the longings that youth are not aware
How do the Masons serve this false religion they believe in? To see this,
we must look a little more closely at the messages that they disseminate
HUMANIST MORAL THEORY
Today, Masons in many countries are engaged in an effort to introduce
themselves to the rest of society. Using press conferences, Internet sites,
newspaper advertisements and statements, they describe themselves as an
organization solely dedicated to the good of society. In some countries
there are even charitable organizations supported by Masons.
The same thing is said by the Rotary and Lion's Club organizations, which
are "light" versions of Masonry. All of these organizations insist that
they are working for the good of society.
Certainly, to work for the good of society is not an undertaking to be
discouraged, and we have no objection to it. But, behind their claim there
is a deceptive message. Masons claim that there can be morality without
religion, and that a moral world can be established without religion.
And, the intention behind all their charitable work is to spread this
message in society.
We will see shortly why this claim is so deceitful. But, before that,
it will be useful to consider the views of Masons on this subject. On
the Masons' Internet site, the possibility of "morality without religion"
is described in this way:
What is human? Where does he come from and where is
he going?... How does a person live? How does
he have to live? Religions try to answer these questions with the help
of moral principles that they have set. However they relate their principles
with metaphysical concepts like God, heaven, hell, worship. And people
have to find their principles of life without being involved in metaphysical
problems, which they need to believe in without comprehending.
Freemasonry has been declaring these principles for centuries as freedom,
equality, brotherhood, the love of working and peace, democracy, etc.
These release a person totally from the religious creeds but still give
a principle of life. They search their bases not in metaphysical concepts
but inside a mature person living on this earth.50
The Masonic theory of "humanist morality" is extremely deceptive.
History shows that, in societies where religion has been destroyed,
there is no morality and only strife and chaos. The picture on the
left shows the savagery of the French Revolution and portrays the
real results of humanism.
Masons who think in this way are totally opposed to a person believing
in God and performing acts of charity to gain His approval. For them,
everything must be done only for the sake of humanity. We can clearly
discern this way of thinking in a book published by the Turkish lodges:
Masonic morality is based on
love for humanity. It totally rejects being good through hope for the
future, a benefit, a reward, and paradise, out of fear of another
person, a religious or political institution, unknown supernatural
powers… It only espouses and exalts being good in relation to the
love for family, country, human beings and humanity. This is one of
the most significant aims of Freemasonic evolution. To love people and
to be good without expecting something in return and to reach this level
are the great evolution.51
The claims in the above quotation are highly misleading. Without the
moral discipline of religion there can be no sense of self-sacrifice for
the rest of society. And, where this would appear to be accomplished,
relationships are merely superficial. Those who have no sense of religious
morality have no fear of God or respect for Him, and in those places where
there is no fear of God, human beings are concerned only for their own
gain. When people think that their personal interests are at stake, they
cannot express true love, loyalty or affection. They show love and respect
only to those who may be of benefit to them. This is because, according
to this misconception of theirs, they are in this world only once and,
therefore, will take as much from it as they can. Moreover, according
to this false belief, there is no retribution for any dishonesty or evil
they commit in the world.
Masonic literature is full of moral sermons which try to obfuscate this
fact. But, actually, this morality without religion
is nothing but sham rhetoric. History is full of examples to show
that, without the self-discipline that religion confers upon the human
spirit, and without divine law, true morality cannot in any way be established.
A striking example of this was the great French Revolution of 1789. The
Masons, who fomented the revolution, came forth with slogans shouting
the moral ideals of "liberty, equality and fraternity." Yet, tens of thousands
of innocent people were sent to the guillotine, and the country soaked
in blood. Even the leaders of the revolution themselves could not escape
this savagery, but were sent to the guillotine, one after the other.
Another violent scene of the French Revolution.
In the nineteenth century, socialism was born from the
notion of the possibility of morality without religion, and with even
more disastrous results. Socialism supposedly demanded a just, equal society
in which there was no exploitation and, to this end, proposed the abolition
of religion. However, in the twentieth century, in places such as the
Soviet Union, the Eastern Block, China, Indo-China, several countries
in Africa and Central America, it subjected people to dreadful misery.
Communist regimes murdered an incredible number of people; the total number
nears about 120 million.52 Moreover, contrary to
what has been claimed, justice and equality have never been established
in any communist regime; the communist leaders in charge of the state
comprised a class of elites. (In his classic book entitled The New Class,
the Yugoslavian thinker Milovan Djilas, explains that the communist leaders,
known as "nomenklatura," formed a "privileged class" contrary to the claims
Also today, when we look within Masonry itself, which is constantly pronouncing
its ideas of "service to society" and "sacrifice for humanity," we do
not find a very clean record. In many countries,
Masonry has been the focus of relationships for ill-gotten material gain.
In the P2 Masonic Lodge scandal of Italy in the 1980's, it came
to light that the Masons maintained a close relationship with the mafia,
and that the directors of the lodge were engaged in activities such as
arms-smuggling, the drug trade or money laundering. It was also revealed
that they arranged assaults on their rivals and on those who had betrayed
them. In the "Great Eastern Lodge Scandal" of France in 1992, and in the
"Clean Hands" operation in England, reported in the English press in 1995,
the activities of Masonic lodges in the interests of illegal profit became
clear. The Masons' idea of "humanist morality" is only a sham.
That such a thing should happen is inevitable, because, as we said at
the beginning, morality is only established in society by the moral discipline
of religion. At the basis of morality lies the absence of arrogance and
selfishness, and the only ones who can achieve this state are those who
realize their responsibility to God. In the Qur'an, after God tells of
believers' self-sacrifice, He commands "…It is the
people who are safe-guarded from the avarice of their own selves who are
successful." (Qur'an, 59: 9). This is the true basis of morality.
The guillotine, the French Revolution's implement of brutality.
In the Sura Furqan of the Qur'an, the nature of the morality of true
believers is described in this way:
The servants of the All-Merciful are those who walk
lightly on the earth and, who, when the ignorant speak to them, say,
those who pass the night prostrating and standing before
those who, when they spend, are neither extravagant
nor mean, but take a stance mid way between the two;
those who do not call on any other god together with
God and do not kill anyone God has made inviolate, except with the right
to do so, and do not fornicate...
those who do not bear false witness and who, when they
pass by worthless talk, pass by with dignity;
those who, when they are reminded of the Signs of their
Lord, do not turn their backs, deaf and blind to them. (Qur'an, 25:
That is, the basic duty of believers is to submit to God in humility,
"not to turn their backs, as if they were deaf and blind when they are
reminded of His signs." Because of this duty, a person is saved from the
selfishness of the ego, worldly passions, ambitions, and the concern to
make himself liked by others. The kind of morality mentioned in the verses
above is attained by these means alone. For this reason, in a society
lacking in love and fear of God and faith in Him, there is no morality.
Since nothing can be determined absolutely, each determines what is right
and wrong according to his own desires.
Actually, the primary aim of Masonry's secular-humanist moral philosophy
is, not to establish a moral world, but to establish a secular world.
In other words, Masons do not espouse the philosophy of humanism because
they grant a high importance to morality, but only to transmit to society
the notion that religion is not necessary.
THE MASONIC GOAL: TO ESTABLISH A HUMANIST WORLD
The humanist philosophy, which Masons regard so highly is founded on
the rejection of faith in God, and the worship of human beings, or the
veneration of "humanity" in His place. But, this raises an important question:
do Masons reserve this belief for themselves only, or do they wish it
to be adopted by others as well?
When we look at Masonic writings, we can clearly see the answer to this
question: the goal of this organization is to spread the humanist philosophy
throughout the world, and to eradicate the monotheistic religions (Islam,
Christianity and Judaism).
For example, in an article published in the Masonic
magazine Mimar Sinan, it says, "Masons do not search
for the origin of the ideas of evil, justice and honesty beyond
the physical world, they believe that these things arise from a
person's social conditions, social relationships and what he strives for
in his life." and adds, "Masonry is trying to spread
this idea throughout the whole world."53
Selami Isindag, a senior Turkish Mason, writes:
According to Masonry, in order
to rescue humanity from a morality of the supernatural based on religious
sources, it is necessary to establish a morality that is based
on love for humanity which is not relative. In its traditional moral
principles, Masonry has taken into account the tendencies of the human
organism, its needs and their satisfaction, the rules of social life
and their organization, conscience, freedom of thought and speech and,
finally, all the things that go into the formation of natural life.
Because of this, its goal is to establish and
foster human morality in all societies.54
What Master Mason Isindag means by "rescuing human beings from a morality
based on religious sources" is the alienation of all people from religion.
In the same book, Isindag explains this goal and its "principles for the
establishment of an advanced civilization":
Masonry's positive principles are necessary and sufficient for the
establishment of an advanced civilization. They are:
-The acceptance that the impersonal God (the Great Architect of the
Universe) is evolution itself.
-The rejection of the belief in revelation, mysticism and empty beliefs.
-The superiority of rational humanism and labor.
The first of the three articles above entails the rejection of the existence
of God. (Masons do not believe in God, but in the Great Architect of the
Universe, and the above quotation shows that with this term, they mean
evolution.) The second article rejects revelation from God and religious
knowledge based on it. (Isindag himself defines this as "empty beliefs.")
And the third article exalts humanism and the humanist concept of "labor"
(as in Communism).
If we consider how entrenched these ideas have become in the world today,
we can appreciate the influence of Masonry in it.
There is another important thing to take note of here: how has Masonry
put into motion its mission against religion? When we look at Masonic
writings, we see that they want to destroy religion, especially on the
societal level, by means of mass "propaganda." Master Mason Selami Isindag
throws a lot of light on this matter in this passage from his book:
…Even overly repressive regimes
have not been successful in their attempts to destroy the institution
of religion. Indeed, the harsh excesses of political methods,
in their attempt to enlighten society by rescuing people from empty
religious faith and dogmas produced an adverse reaction: the places
of worship they wanted close are today fuller than ever, and the faith
and dogmas that that they outlawed have even more adherents. In another
lecture we pointed out that in such a matter that touches heart and
emotion, prohibition and force have no
effect. The only way to bring people from darkness to enlightenment
is positive science and the principles of logic and wisdom.
If people are educated according to this way, they will respect the
humanist and positive sides of religion but save themselves from its
vain beliefs and dogmas.55
In order to understand what is meant here, we have to analyze it carefully.
Isindag says that repression of religion will make religious people more
highly motivated and will strengthen religion. Therefore, in order to
prevent religion from being strengthened, Isindag thinks Masons should
destroy religion on the intellectual level. What he means by "positive
science and principles of logic and wisdom" is not really science, logic
or wisdom. What he means is merely a humanist, materialist philosophy
that uses these catch-phrases as camouflage, as in the case of Darwinism.
Isindag asserts that, when these ideas are disseminated in society, "only
the humanist elements in religion will gain respect," that is, what will
be left of religion will be only those elements approved by the humanist
philosophy. In other words, they want to reject the basic truths that
lie at the foundation of monotheistic religion (Isindag calls them vain
beliefs and dogmas). These truths are the ultimate realities such as that
man is created by God and is responsible to Him.
In short, Masons aim at destroying the elements of faith that constitute
the essence of religion. They want to reduce the role of religion as merely
a cultural element that expresses its ideas on a number of general moral
questions. The way to accomplish this, according to the Masons, is to
impose atheism on the society in the guise of science and reason. Ultimately
though, their goal is to remove religion from its position as even a cultural
element, and establish a totally atheist world.
In an article by Isindag, in the magazine Mason, entitled "Positive Science-The
Obstacles of Mind and Masonry," he says:
As a result of all this, I want to say that the most
important humanistic and Masonic duty of us all is not to turn away
from science and reason, to acknowledge that this is the best and only
way according to evolution, to spread this faith of ours among people
and to educate the people in positive science. The words of Ernest Renan
are very important: "If the people are educated and enlightened by positive
science and reason, the vain beliefs of religion
will collapse by themselves." Lessing's words support this view:
"If human beings are educated and enlightened
by positive science and reason, one day there will be no need for religion."56
G. E. Lessing and E. Renan. The Masons wanted to realize the dream
of these two atheist writers in eradicating religion from the face
of the earth.
This is Masonry's ultimate goal. They want to destroy religion completely,
and establish a humanist world based on the "sacredness" of humanity.
That is, they want to establish a new order of ignorance, in which people
reject God Who created them, and consider themselves divine… This goal
is the purpose for the existence of Masonry. In the Masonic magazine called
Ayna (Mirror), this is called a "Temple of Ideas":
Modern Masons have changed the goal of the old Masons
to build a physical temple into the idea of building a "Temple of Ideas."
The construction of a Temple of Ideas will be
possible when Masonic principles and virtues are established and such
wise people increase on the earth.57
To further this goal, Masons work tirelessly in many countries of the
world. The Masonic organization is influential in universities, other
educational institutions, in the media, in the world of art and ideas.
It never ceases in its efforts to disseminate its humanist philosophy
in society and to discredit the truths of the faith that is the basis
of religion. We will see later that the theory of evolution is one of
Masons' principal means of propaganda. Moreover, they aim to build a society
that does not mention even the name of God or religion, but caters only
to human pleasure, desires and worldly ambition. This will be a society
formed by people who have "made (God) into something
to cast disdainfully behind their backs" (Qur'an, 11: 92), similar
to the people of Madyan mentioned in the Qur'an. In this culture of ignorance
there is no room for the fear or love of God, doing His will, performing
acts of worship, nor is there any thought for the hereafter. In fact,
these ideas are thought to be old-fashioned and characteristic of uneducated
people. This message is being constantly repeated in films, comic strips
In this great enterprise of deception, the Masons continually play a
leadership role. But, there are also many other groups and individuals
engaged in the same work. Masons accept them as "honorary Masons," and
count them as their allies because they are all one in their shared humanist
philosophy. Selami Isindag writes:
Masonry also accepts this fact: In
the outside world there are wise people who, although they are not Masons,
espouse Masonic ideology. This is because this ideology is wholly
an ideology of human beings and of humanity.58
This persistent battle against religion relies on two basic arguments
or justifications: the materialist philosophy and Darwin's theory of evolution.
In the next two chapters we will examine these two justifications, their
origin and their relationship to Masonry. Then, we will be able to understand
more clearly the behind-the-scenes of these ideas that have influenced
the world since the nineteenth century.