Study: Chambers of Reflection Provide No Rebirth


WASHINGTON – The United States Chamber of Freemasonry, a non-profit Masonic research group based in Washington, DC, has determined that there is no marked change in a candidate’s state of mind after he experiences a chamber of reflection before his initiation. “We have found that a man who petitions a lodge does not change from the moment he enters the chamber to when he begins the degree work,“ states lead researcher Frederick Larson, adding, “in fact, most find the chamber to be ‘weird’ and ‘off-putting’.” When asked what most candidates found resulted in a complete rebirth to his individual mind and soul, Dr. Larson responded, “pancakes and Masonic youth groups. It’s really that simple.”

The Honorable Reginald Farquar, XVI°



  1. I realize that I am an old bastard and I was 22 years old when I received the Degrees and Orders in the York Rite. I joined because my Dad was a York Rite Mason and he joined because his Dad was a York Rite Mason. I remember the Chamber of Reflection and it made a deep and lasting impression. The experience broadened my belief in the immortality of the soul. What I don't understand is why those involved in the study appear to be puzzled as to why the candidate's mind does not change. The candidate is already a Christian. He understands the lessons taught in the Chamber of Reflection. I believe the study was ill conceived and the results are without merit and offer little insight.


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