A book written by two Masons, Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas, entitled The Hiram Key reveals some important facts about the roots of Freemasonry. According to these authors, it is evident that Masonry is a continuation of the Templars. Though, in addition to this, the authors also examined the origins of the Templars.
According to their thesis, the Templars underwent a great change while they were in Jerusalem. In the place of Christianity, they adopted other doctrines. At the root of this lies a secret that they discovered in the temple of Solomon in Jerusalem, whose ruins they had set out to investigate. The writers explain that the Templars used their purported role as protectors of Christian pilgrims visiting Palestine as a pretense, but that their real aim was quite different:
éThere is no evidence that these founding Templars ever gave protection to pilgrims, but on the other hand we were soon to find that there is conclusive proof that they did conduct extensive excavations under the ruins of Herod’s Templeé 
At the end of the nineteenth century, Charles Wilson of the Royal Engineers, began conducting archeological research in Jerusalem. He arrived at the opinion that the Templars had gone to Jerusalem to study the ruins of the temple. Wilson found traces of digging and excavation under the foundations of the temple, and concluded that these were done by tools that belonged to the Templars. These items are still in the collection of Robert Brydon, who possesses an extensive archive of information concerning the Templars. 
The French historian, Gougenot des Mousseaux, explains that the Kabbalah is actually much older than Judaism. 
Salomon Reinach defines the Kabbalah as
“one of the worst aberrations of the human mind.”  (For further reading, see “Global Freemasonry” by Harun Yahya)
 Murat Ozgen Ayfer, Masonluk Nedir ve Nasildir? (What is Freemasonry and What is it Like?), Istanbul 1992, pp.298-299
Harun Yahya is a prominent Turkish intellectual.
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The Templar Tradition in the Age of Aquarius
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Secret Societies and Subversive Movements
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