["A belief in immortality did not begin with Freemasonry... Below are examples of how other men have felt about immortality.

Parmenides of Elea, 515-440 B.C.: 'Being is without beginning and indestructible. It is universal and without end. It is altogether, one, and continuous. '

Plato, 427-347 B.C.: .'Every soul is immortal, for whatever is in perpetual motion is immortal.'

Apollonius of Tyana - Greek philosopher of 1st century A.D.: 'There is no death of anything save in appearance.'

St. Augustine, 354-439 A.D.: 'Neither the soul nor the human body suffers complete annihilation. '

St. Thomas Aquinas, 1225-1274 A.D.: 'The soul exists independent of the body, and continues after the body dies, taking on a new spiritual body. '

Goethe, 1749-1832 AD. - German poet, philosopher and scientist: 'I am convinced that the soul is indestructible and that its activity will continue through eternity. It is like the sun, which to our eyes seems to set at night, but has in reality only gone to diffuse its light elsewhere. '

Einstein's Relativity Theory: 'Matter can never be destroyed ... but it can be changed into other forms of energy'

The Talmud: 'No atom of matter in the whole vastness of the universe is lost. How then can man's soul, which comprises the whole world in one idea, be lost?' .

Socrates speaking in Plato's Phaedo: 'If the soul is really immortal, what care should be taken of her, not only in respect of the portion of time which is called life, but of eternity?'

Wayne Burk, 32° KCCH in the February 2003 Fresno (CA) Scottish Rite Bulletin"]
Extracted from the Southern California Research Lodge|
'Fraternal Review', August 2003