A Question I Was Asked:

What is Rosicrucianism?

The Question

I just learned that my late sister-in-law was infuenced by Rosicrucianism. What is that?

UK Apologetics Reply:

Rosicrucianism (which simply means 'rosy-cross-ism') is a term referring to what was once a philosophical secret society, possibly founded by Christian Rosenkreuz in medieval Germany. It holds a teaching which is stated to be, "built on esoteric truths of the ancient past." Like many secret societies/cults its doctrines are said to be 'concealed from the average man' but open to the wise. Not surprisingly (in view of its name) Rosicrucianism is symbolized by a rosy red cross.

Somewhere between 1600 and 1617, two anonymous manifestos were published; firstly in Germany, and later throughout Europe. These were the Fama Fraternitatis RC (The Fame of the Brotherhood of RC) and the Confessio Fraternitatis (The Confession of the Brotherhood of RC). The influence of these documents, presenting a "most laudable Order" of mystic-philosopher-doctors and promoting a "Universal Reformation of Mankind," later gave rise to an enthusiasm called by its historian Dame Frances Yates the "Rosicrucian Enlightenment." Early Rosicrucianism was associated with Protestantism, but this soon ended as many Protestant teachers disowned it, pointing to the Christian creeds as the only authority which was needed. The movement opposed Roman Catholicism and also rejected Islam.

Certain seventeenth century occult philosophers who were interested in the occult, such as Michael Maier, Robert Fludd and Thomas Vaughan, interested themselves in the Rosicrucian world view. According to some historians (including David Stevenson) it was also influential within early Freemasonry. Others believe modern-day Freemasonry still has Rosicrucianism influence.

A few more modern believers in Rosicrucianism claim that it can offer a better explanation of the mind and consciousness (pretty much unexplainable within materialistic and mechanistic modern science), few Christians would accept this, however, because of the movement's long tradition of openess to eastern religion and the occult and rejection of the Bible.

So let us be plain: this is a cult, though a very loosely defined one which could go under various names. It is substantially rooted in eastern mysticism and has no interest in the revelation of Christ.

Robin A. Brace. August 11th, 2013.