Freemason member shares the truth about Freemasonry and its 400-year-old society
The "secret society" of the Freemasons has been plagued by conspiracy theories and controversy for years.
What is it really about?
Robert L D Cooper, a world-renowned author and lecturer on Freemasonry, answers our questions in an effort to demystify the global organisation.
Cooper is a Scottish Freemason and a recognised expert on Scottish Freemasonry.
He's in South Africa to deliver a series of talks on Freemasons and their 400-year-old society.
Cooper says the internet has fueled the untrue and controversial stories about the Freemason Society.
He insists that it is not a demonic or satanic movement. Nor is it a religion.
However, Cooper explains that members are expected to have a belief in a God-like superior being.
Here are some of the questions he's answered about Freemasonry:
Where did it start?
We're very proud of the fact that Freemasonry began in Scotland and we can trace that back to 1598.Robert LD Cooper, author of Cracking the Freemasons Code
Who can become a member?
Any man who is over the age of 21, of good repute. No criminal convictions and must have a belief in a supreme being.Robert LD Cooper, author of Cracking the Freemasons Code
It is a gender-specific organisation.Robert LD Cooper, author of Cracking the Freemasons Code
We've admitted men of all kinds of creed and colours.Robert LD Cooper, author of Cracking the Freemasons Code
What's the purpose of Freemasonry?
It's simply a method of trying to improve society by improving the individual. That's our aim.Robert LD Cooper, author of Cracking the Freemasons Code
What are the misconceptions facing the secular movement?
The ridiculous one is the idea that we just run the world.Robert LD Cooper, author of Cracking the Freemasons Code
Other sublime perceptions are that we are though-control people and all these strange things. These are general conspiracy theories and the internet has multiplied these.Robert LD Cooper, author of Cracking the Freemasons Code
Some CapeTalk callers phoned in to ask their own questions and share their personal views on the movement.
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