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Norman Vincent Peale (Freemason)

by Dusty Peterson & Elizabeth McDonald

The following is merely a limited collection of useful but essentially random facts on the subject in question.
This document is not intended to be taken as an in-depth, or exhaustive, or definitive treatment.


"Norman Vincent Peale (Positive Thinking Guru) admit[s he is a] 33rd degree Mason" [].


"See the article on Peale in the U.S. Freemasonic Scottish Rite Journal, February 1993.  Peale was Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of New York, Past Grand Prelate of the Knights Templar and f the Shrine.  For details of this ... see Christian News Encyclopedia, Missourian Publishing Co., Vol. IV, pp. 2833-2835" [Alan Morrison, The Serpent and the Cross, p465].


"Peale served as Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of New York, Imperial Grand Chaplain of the Shrine, and was inducted into the Scottish Rite Hall of Honor in 1991. His oil portrait hangs in the House of the Washington D.C. Temple" [].


Proof that Norman Vincent Peale was a 33rd degree mason (and a Shriner and a Knight Templar) comes from the following sources cited by Cathy Burns:

  • “Norman Vincent Peale was Gourgast Medallist”, The Northern Light (February 1994, Vol. 25, No. 1), p.7;

  • “Peale’s 100th Anniversary”, Calvary Contender (June 15, 1998, Vol. 15, No. 14), p.2;

  • “The Theology of Robert Schuller”, Christian News (January 22, 2001, Vol. 39, No. 4), p.6;

  • Allen E. Roberts, Masonic Trivia and Facts (Highland Springs, VA: Anchor Communications, 1994), p.161;
    Albert James Dager, The World Christian Movement: A Great Delusion Leading to the Religio-Political State of the Anti-Christ (Redmond, WA: Sword Publishers, 2001), p.61;

  • Miesel, op. cit.; Newsletter from a Christian Ministry (July 1, 1993, Vol. 2, No. 10), p.40;
    “Norman Vincent Peale to be Honoured on National T.V.”, Christian News (January 22, 2001, Vol. 39, No. 4), p.7.

Cathy writes: “Peale boasts: ‘My grandfather was a Mason for over 50 years, my father for 50 years, and I have been a Mason for 60 years. This means that my tie with Freemasonry extends back to 1869 when my grandfather joined the Masons….I am proud of my involvement’ [222]. ‘To me, Freemasonry is one form of dedication to God and service to humanity. I am PROUD to walk in fraternal fellowship with my [Masonic] Brethren’ says Peale [223].

In 1973, Dr. Peale was awarded the Gourgas Medal [a Masonic award], the HIGHEST honor bestowed by the Northern Jurisdiction, and in 1987 [he] received the Grand Cross from the Southern Jurisdiction’ [224].

One article appearing in the Masonic magazine, The Scottish Rite Journal, in September 1995, was written by Ruth Stafford Peale, Norman’s wife. She wrote: ‘Being a Freemason was an important part of the life of Norman Vincent Peal, and the Scottish Rite meant a GREAT deal to him.’ [225]”.


"Who was Norman Vincent Peale? I have the Scottish Rite Magazine that shows Peale's picture in the Scottish Rite's House of the Temple in the Scottish Rite's Hall of Honor. Norman Vincent Peale's 33 degree membership was not kept secret. He was also a Shriner (Imperial Grand Chaplain of the Shrine)" {source}


"Norman Vincent Peale was also part of the Pilgrim Society (which is an Illuminati front) reserved for higher up Illuminati members" {source}






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