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I. CONCERNING GOD AND RELIGION A Mason is obliged by his Tenure to - under all circumstance - obey and balance the moral law; and if he rightly understands the Art, he will never be a stupid Atheist nor an irreligious Libertine. But though in ancient Times Masons were charged in every Country, The Globe Over, to be of the Religion of that Country or Nation, whatever it was, yet'tis now thought more expedient only to oblige them to that Religion in which all Men agree , leaving their particular Opinions to themselves ; that is, to be good men and true, or Men of Honour and Honesty, by whatever Denominations or Persuasions, Be it Christianity of the West or Buddhism of East, they may be distinguished; whereby Masonry becomes the Center of Union, and the Means of Conciliating true friendship among Persons that must have remain'd at a Perpetual Distance.

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