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Tri-Lakes Area Study Center

The Masonic Philosophical Society has been growing throughout the world steadily. While we offer many different resources for our members to grow and learn online, there is simply no substitute for attending the Study Center nearest you. When you attend a Study Center of the Masonic Philosophical Society you will have the opportunity, not only to hear from a speaker, but to participate in the dialogue.

Tri-Lakes Area Study Center
A.F.H.R. Library and Museum 9070 South Douglas Blvd. Larkspur, CO 80118
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How does Masonry approach Theology, which is the study of the Divine?
Date: 7/11/2017 6:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Maximo Cumsille
Synopsis: Protagoras, who is reputed to have been exiled from Athens because of his agnosticism about the existence of the gods, said that "Concerning the gods I cannot know either that they exist or that they do not exist, or what form they might have, for there is much to prevent one's knowing: the obscurity of the subject and the shortness of man's life." On the other hand, Augustine of Hippo defined, theologia, as "reasoning or discussion concerning the Deity." Masonry takes a different approach; it centers its attention on us to analyze the subject. Join us as we try to understand how we relate to understanding the Divine.

Is a lack of Nature in Humanity’s growth the primary source for many of the societal problems we experience today?
Date: 9/12/2017 6:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Byron Gorrell
Synopsis: One of the primary goals of Freemasonry is to aid in the evolution of Humanity. In Bill Plotkin’s “Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World”, he postulates that an absence of Nature in peoples’ lives causes imbalances in our development which lead to the troubles we witness today. He further proffers an eight-stage framework for guiding Humanity which balances the pulls of both Nature and Society. Can Mr. Plotkin’s theorized approach really work as he describes? Can that framework provide a guide for evolving Humanity to the next stage?

What is art and does it have inherent meaning?
Date: 10/10/2017 6:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Art
Presenter: Chris Osborn
Synopsis: Have you ever looked at a work of art and wondered, how is this art? What are the defining characteristics that determine what is art and what isn't? Does art have inherent meaning or is meaning found only in the eye of the beholder? We will consider these questions and many more by examining several different modalities of art including painting, sculpture, and music. Then we will delve into symbolism and discuss how art has influenced Freemasonry.

Is ‘natural healing’ just a placebo, or is there actual science behind this ‘movement.’
Date: 12/12/2017 6:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Mark Valkonen
Synopsis: Is there science behind the healing energy of Reiki, Crystals, and the Human Energy Field? Or is this just pseudo-science that is no different than an experimental placebo pill? The relationship between the human energy field, Reiki theory, and Crystals (or geological rocks) will be examined, and how these different types of energy can be aided or disrupted. Can we, as Freemasons, examine the different viewpoints and determine the effectiveness (or lack thereof) for ourselves?

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"Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fantasies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in after years relieved of them."
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