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Denver 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.

Denver Study Center
Englewood Public Library 1000 Englewood Pkwy Englewood, CO 80110
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Is the mind the center of human life?
Date: 7/18/2017 6:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Sandy McKeown
Synopsis: The mind has the ability to remember, think, desire, calculate, and conceive. Therefore, the mind can be considered the center of human life. But, according to Japanese culture, the concept of hara is the focal point of our well-being. The hara can be translated as "gut" or "belly" or "abdomen". Recently, science has discovered a so-called second brain in the gut of our bodies. Is science confirming what the Japanese have known all along? How can being conscious of our gut make any difference in our integrity, calmness, courage, or compassion? Freemasonry blends body and mind into one awareness. Find out how this blending relates to the center of human life.

Sufism: Path to Truth or medieval relic?
Date: 8/15/2017 6:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Elaine Phelen
Synopsis: Sufism is the esoteric school of Islam, which was founded for the pursuit of spiritual truth. As with many forms of mysticism, the exact origins of Sufism are unknown, with some evidence suggesting that it dates back to ancient Egypt. Students of Sufism seek knowledge in order to understand reality as it truly is, which they believe will ultimately allow the individual to achieve Ma’arefat: Divine Gnosis. Perfect self-understanding, according to Sufism, leads to the understanding of God, as the Prophet Mohammed stated, “Whoever knows oneself, knows one’s Lord.” Freemasonry is a search for Truth: a guiding principle the fraternity shares with Sufism. What is Sufism? How is it similar to Masonry? Join the discussion to learn about the esoteric study of Sufism, Freemasonry, and the search for Truth.

Has Democracy failed us in the modern age?
Date: 9/19/2017 6:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Matias Cumsille
Synopsis: The transition of the Western World from monarchy to democracy is full of war, greed, and debt. Instead of kings and nobles, we have politicians and CEOs, instead of feudalism, we have corporate control, and instead of the Monarchy, Oligarchy. Everywhere one looks, there is nothing but centralization of government, wealth, and resources. Yet, why is life better now than it was 400 years ago? This and more will be discussed as we travel down the rabbit hole into the hidden truth behind the modern worlds failure to bring about true liberty for all people regardless of race, gender, or religion; and how Freemasonry possesses the model of government for the 21st century.

Should advancements in science have to adhere to a moral code?
Date: 10/17/2017 6:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Formal Science
Presenter: Cristina McNeirney
Synopsis: Two fundamental principles of the Masonic Order are a strong moral code and the advancement of knowledge through the study of the natural sciences; both founding principles essentially are meant to benefit humanity. However, what are the repercussions when science doesn’t adhere to a code of morals? Should technological advancements still be allowed if it endangers the livelihood of the human race?

Should certain books be banned from the public?
Date: 12/19/2017 6:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Isaac Levy
Synopsis: America prides itself on the First Amendment, the freedom of speech. However, the American Library Association receives hundreds of complaints annually for certain books to be banned due to offensive ideas, sexually explicit content, or racial context. Many countries have books banned as well. Should certain books be banned from the public? Does this protect society or oppress society? Would Freemasonry, being an institution that fosters learning, advocate the banning of certain publications from the public?

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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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