Illuminati of Bavaria
Dissimulation To Conceal Its Aims
Freemasonry for a “Christian-oriented” sect. The Illuminatiwere so clever that they envisioned themselves creating anew religion where Jesus was their main founder. Theytrusted their internal security apparatus would avoid the dis-covery of their true meaning to this claim. Only their bestrecruits would understand the secular meaning.This explanation to the recruit that Illuminism wastrue Christianity became a standard fixture of many subse-quent Illuminist societies. This tactic was handed down in thedark to successor secret societies, political movements and concocted religions. It survives in our era.
Knigge wrote to another member how crafty werethese efforts. He explained: “I have been at unwearied painsto remove the
of some who imagine that our Superiors
want to abolish Christianity
.... Were I to let them know that
our General holds all Religion to be a lie, and uses even Deism... only to lead men by the nose
[would bother them].”
Initially, the recruit would be told that the Illuminati would use non-violent means to abolish all governments. The Illu-minati told the recruit that as the order spread its influence in
2.Jesuits studied this doctrine, and justified pious frauds. Jesuits made“casuistry a separate science,” and defended “the permissibility of actswhich are sinful in themselves, but may be justified or at least par-doned, under extenuating circumstances, such as...tyrannicide to freethe people from oppression...
pious fraud or lying for a good pur- pose
.....” (Philip Schaff & Samuel Macauley Jackson,
TheologicalPropædeutic, a General Introduction to Theology
(N.Y.: Scribner’s,1893) at 441.)“Even the Fathers of the Church practiced what acquired its own term —
— in the battle to bring heathens and heretics into the fold of revealed religion.” (Evelin Sullivan,
The Concise Book of Lying
(N.Y.: Picador, 2001) at 269.)“There is in the Roman Catholic church a vast amount of what can only be called
.” (“The Four Hundredth Birthday of Luther,”
The British Quarterly Review
(Oct. 1883) at 210.)3.
Nachtrag von Weiteren Originalschriften
(Munich: Zweite Abteilung,1787), Vol. I, at 104-06.
, at 98-99.