The Luciferian Doctrine.
I love reading the works of Brother Albert Pike, a true researcher of Masonic thought and philosophy.
Sadly brother Pike has become the whipping boy for every conspiracy nut out there, individuals that know little of what they write about. The case could easily be made that many of these individuals are stuck in medieval and middle age thinking.
Take for instance this quote which is attributed to Brother Albert Pike and bantered about on hundreds of conspiratorial websites: "That which we must say to the crowd is: we worship a god, but it is the god that one adores without superstition. To you Sovereign Grand Inspectors General, we say this, that you may repeat it to the brethren of the 32nd, 31st, and 30th degrees - the Masonic Religion should be, by all of us initiates of the high degrees, maintained in the purity of the Luciferian doctrine."
This quote actually comes from an anti-Masonic writer named Leo Taxil who in 1897 publicly confessed it to be a hoax. Yet even after his confession and the outing of his anti-masonic intent some people still use the quote to hammer Freemasonry as some sort of devil worshiping cult.
As a point of interest and even though there is no proof what soever that Pike actually made that statement lets look at Luciferianism for a moment, maybe Taxil was on to something, something that his collective subconscious may have stumbled on. You be the judge.
First lets get this fact right,
Luciferianism has nothing to do with what pops into the mind of uneducated middle age thinkers, that mythical Satan. Taken from Wikipedia: "Luciferianism is a belief system that includes both theistic and secular denominations, and is therefore heavily influenced by personal perspectives and experiences. Considered by many to be a religion and by all to be a philosophy or way of life, Luciferianism as a whole has no specific dogma to which its “followers” adhere. Rather, it is a deeply personal outlook with numerous variations ranging from the veneration of a literal deity and the practice of occultism to a secular set of principles, using mythological references as a form of symbolism and cultural tradition."
Anyone who has read brother Pike's Morals and Dogma could easily see much of what makes up the definition of Luciferianism could easily be found within his writings or even Freemasonry when understood correctly. Notice how in the defination of Luciferianism the word occultism pops up, a word that has sadly lost its true meaning and has need denigrated to a foolish premise, much like Luciferianism. Once defined as hidden wisdom it is now used by present day middle age thinkers to denote nefarious intent. Maybe Ronald Reagan was right, America is dumbing down.
As for the references of religion and philosophy, Freemasonry has been accused of being a religion since its inception, and it may be to some, yet I see it as a philosophy, a philosophy that appeals to the moral side of the individual in most cases and the metaphysical side in others. Just like Luciferianism Freemasonry utilizes mythological references and symbolism to convey deep abstract ideas. Maybe Taxil was on to something and he didn't know it.
Lets continue on: "Although sometimes mistakenly associated with Satanism due to the Christian interpretation of the fallen angel, Luciferianism is a wholly different and unrelated belief system and does not revere the Devil figure or most characteristics typically affixed to Satan. Rather, Lucifer in this context is seen as one of many Morning Star, a symbol of enlightenment, independence and human progression, and is often used interchangeably with similar figures from a range of ancient beliefs, such as the Greek titan Prometheus or the Jewish figure Lilith."
The symbol of the Morning Star should jump out to every brother, in many lodge rooms you'll find one symbolized on the mosaic floor. Interchangeable in its symbolism the Morning Star is symbolic of Venus, love, or Sirius, two important symbols in Freemasonry. As with Luciferianism those following the esoteric path of Freemasonry are very familiar with the goal of 'enlightenment'.
In concluding the definition of Luciferianism read carefully the following paragraph and look at how much actually could apply to Freemasonry, you might be surprised.
"Contrary to popular misconceptions, Luciferianism does not support violence or amoral practices. Luciferians strongly believe in equality, moral excellence, honesty and integrity. They support the moral and intellectual development of children in particular, and the protection of the natural world. Both the arts and sciences are crucial to human development, and artistic creativity is cherished and encouraged as much as scientific inquiry. Rather than focusing on "what comes next", Luciferians feel that humans should be focused on this life and how to make the most of it every single day. The ability to recognize both good and evil, to accept that all actions have consequences, both positive and negative, and to actively influence one's environment, is a key factor.
For Luciferians, enlightenment is the ultimate goal. They prize the wonders of nature and seek to connect with the natural world and the universe that humans inhabit, in order to move humankind forward through both physical and social evolution. Luciferian principles highlight truth and freedom of will, worshipping the inner self and one’s ultimate potential as opposed to bowing to the rules of a supernatural entity. Traditional dogma is shunned as a basis for morality on the grounds that humans should not need deities or fear of eternal punishment to distinguish right from wrong and to do good. Instead, they believe that humans should accept who and what they are, the good and the flaws alike, and should seek first and foremost to better themselves and to expand knowledge and understanding, both on a personal level and on a worldwide scale. All ideas should be tested before being accepted, and even then one should remain skeptical because knowledge and understanding are fluid. The ongoing search for truth is paramount. In whatever incarnation Lucifer is viewed, whether theistic or atheistic, whether thought of as Prometheus defying the gods to bring fire to mankind, or Satan giving Eve the apple, allowing humans to think for themselves and to move beyond their childlike beginnings, he is a representation of ultimate knowledge and exploration: humanity’s savior and a champion for continuing personal growth."
Maybe Taxil was on to something, if he only knew what he was writing about. Instead he was attempting to reach the middle age thinkers that feared devils, fallen angels, and an angry and jealous God.
With a little research I was able to find that the title Luciferian actually came from Lucifer Calaritanus, bishop of Sardinia, who in the Nicene council was a zealous defender of the catholic faith against the Arians. How they became associated with 'Luther' the mythical devil is another one of those tales of bending the truth, considering the Luciferians broke of from the 'mother church' we can only imagine the attacks to their credibility that would arise and in what form. History tells us "the Luciferians, who, if they imbibed the spirit of the man from whom they took their name, must have‘ been firm and sincere in the love of the truth. In the year 374, the emperor ordered all who held unlawful assemblies to be banished a hundred miles from Rome. In prosecution of this edict, Damascus seems to have caused a Luciferian presbyter to
be apprehended, who held a congregation by night in a private house; and he and some of the same class were banished. Notwithstanding this severity, Damasus could not prevent the Luciferians from having a bishop of their own at Rome, called Aurelius, who was succeeded by Euphesus, who also kept his station at Rome, notwithstanding the endeavours of Damasus to remove him. Gregory of Elvira in Spain was another of their bishops, a man whose firmness was extolled by Eusebius of Vercellaa."...The History of the Church of Christ, Previous to the Reformation ..., Volume 2
For those interested in the distain the Catholics had for the Luciferians look towards St. Augustine and see what he says, it's not nice.
I hope I have made my case, Luciferianism has nothing what so ever to do with the mythical devil of middle age thinking. If you choose to buy into it I have a bridge I'd like to sell you. Do I believe Leo Taxil, of coarse not, nor should you, he played into the ignorance of people and evidently it's still working on many middle age thinkers. Do I believe that today's definition of Luciferianism is the same as it was 374 A.D., no. I think today's Luciferian is much closer to deism than Catholicism, much closer to Freemasonry than Taxil realized.