Originally posted by npareed
What is/are the Illuminati? I have heard about them, but I don't know where they came from, who they are, or what their agenda is. If you have more
info please let me know or point me to a previous post about the subject.
The Illuminati was originally a society of freethinkers and liberals called the Society of Perfectibilis, founded in 1774 at the University of
Ingolstadt in Bavaria by Adam Weishaupt, a professor of Natural Philosophy. Both the college and the Bavarian government were under Jesuit control,
and, in 1776, Weishaupt was fired for teaching "anti-Christian doctrines", i.e., Deist doctrines, separation of church and state, and secular
The Society was re-organized after this incident, and they changed their names to "Illuminati", indicating their allegiance to the "Age of
Enlightenment" over what is known as the "dark ages", i.e., the period where all European life was strictly controlled by the Church and its
Influenced by the American Revolution, Weishaupt re-structured the Illuminati to be similar to Freemasonry and the American secret society called Sons
of Liberty who were responsible for launching the Revolution against England (and most probably the Boston Tea Party).
The Jesuit Electorate soon infiltrated the Illuminati with secret agents, and many of their members were arrested for participating in revolutionary
activities. Weishaupt fled to Prussia, where he wrote his memoires "In Defense of Illuminism", in exile.
Because the Roman Church wished to completely suppress freethinking societies, they launched a propaganda campaign distorting their agenda. For
example, when the Illuminati called for separation of church and state, the Church called this "destruction of Christianity." When the Illuminati
called for free, popular democratic elections, the Church called this "anarchy". When the Illuminati called for equal rights between men and women,
the Church called this "destruction of the family."
Modern conspiracy theory concerning the Illuminati is a direct descendent of this Jesuit disinformation campaign. In reality, the Illuminati was
short-lived, and was always poplulated by government spies who kept tabs on the order's leaders and their agendas.
Famous members of the Illuminati include Weishaupt, Baron Adolph von Knigge, the poet Johannes von Goethe, the alchemist and physician Comte de St.
Germaine, and composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart dedicated his final opera, "Die Zauberflote" ("The Magic Flute") to the Illuminati, and to
Freemasonry, of which he was also a member.
[edit on 14-12-2004 by Masonic Light]