As a practising Christian, is Freemasonry compatible with one’s duty to
Jesus Christ? That is the question which the Rev. Walton Hannah, then a
Church of England clergyman (and subsequently a Catholic priest), set
himself to answer with the publication of Darkness Visible in 1952.
Darkness Visible contains the entire and authentic text of the
Masonic ritual of the first three degrees and of the Royal Arch. Hannah
wrote this book to substantiate his conviction that for a
quasi-religious organisation such as Freemasonry to offer prayers and
worship to God but exclude the name of Jesus Christ demonstrates its
incompatibility with Christianity.
Since Darkness Visible was first published, the accuracy
of the author’s transcription of Masonic rituals has never been
questioned, no intelligent answer to his case has ever been
forthcoming, and the book continues to sell strongly among Masons and
Every Christian denomination which has seriously studied
Freemasonry has declared it incompatible with the Gospel – with the
exception of the Church of England.
The accuracy of the rituals printed in Darkness Visible
was confirmed to the Synod of the Church of England in 1987 by
Commander Higham, Grand Secretary of the United Grand Lodge of England.