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Columbia, South Carolina Study Center
6251 St. Andrews Road Columbia, SC 29212
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Camus, The Stranger, and the Absurd
Date: 4/27/2019 1:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Bro. Dennis Garza
Synopsis: In this classic novel introducing the unique absurdism of Albert Camus, Meursault refuses to be emotionally governed by the expectations of others. He does not show emotion at his mother’s funeral and seemed to have a detached indifference to a myriad of bizarre events unfolding in the novel. The courts and society in general conclude that Meursault is a “soulless monster” but Camus is expressing a belief that the main character is simply embodying the nature of the universe, absurd, and without meaning.

How did Freemasonry influence Mormonism?
Date: 5/25/2019 1:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Bro. Loretta Demko
Synopsis: After a brief description of various aspects of Mormonism, the discussion will center on some specific similarities between Freemasonry and Mormonism, including how and why these similarities first originated.

What is the real meaning and power of numbers?
Date: 6/22/2019 1:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Bro. Lylia Gonzalezfrayle
Synopsis: Do numbers have an occult meaning? Do numbers have anything to do with Freemasonry? For the seeker of more profound knowledge the occult meaning of numbers is very real. Consider the following quote from Isis Unveiled by H. P. Blavatsky: "Numbers are a key to the ancient view of cosmogony. In its broad sense, spiritually as well as physically considered, and to the evolution of the present human race, all systems of religious mysticism are based upon numerals. The sacredness of numbers begins with the Great First Cause, the One, and ends only with the naught or zero symbol of the infinite and boundless universe." Concerning the secret significance of numbers, we must remember that Pythagoras considered that "ALL THINGS ARE NUMBERS." He was not satififed with the knowledge he had gained at home so he decided to travel to other lands, like Egypt, Hindustan, Persia, Crete, and Palestine, gathering knowledge in each country, not only about numbers, but about occult wisdom. A discussion will follow a brief presentation of this subject, which can give a better understanding of what a number really represents, and what connection does it all have with Freemasonry.

Can and should we separate Jesus from Christianity?
Date: 8/24/2019 1:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Bro. Loretta Demko
Synopsis: Christianity is a religion we are all acquainted with, yet many people resent the dogma and tyranny that have occurred over the past 2,000 years. The various Christian denominations all claim Jesus as "theirs." But is he an individual who walked the earth 2,000 years ago, or a mythological figure of antiquity who performed great feats? This discussion will cover Gnostic Christianity, the Old Testament from a Gnostic perspective, the New Testament as a revelation of truth and Jesus as a Freemason.

Does the supernatural exist?
Date: 9/28/2019 1:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Bro. Loretta Demko
Synopsis: After defining the differences between "nature" and "supernatural" the discussion will consider the topics of Natural vs. Supernatural, Synchronicity, Nature, the Supernatural, and Freemasonry, the Pauli "Effect," Isaac Newton's Apple, and Anomalous Events that Can Shake One's Skepticism to the Core.

Are temples symbols of Man?"
Date: 11/23/2019 1:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Bro. Loretta Demko
Synopsis: Modern life has allowed us to conquer many diseases, to land on the Moon, and to make our lives more comfortable, but are our skills of observation any better? Has Humanity unfolded the plan of God as written out in the book of Nature? This discussion will investigate whether temples are symbols of Man by examining the temple of Karnak, King Soloman's temple, Durga and Buddist temples, Gothic cathedrals, El Castillo, and the Masonic Temple of Humanity.

"A human being is a part of a whole, called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest ... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
Albert Einstien
Physicist
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