Thanks to the_real_simon_iff…
I guess there will be some visitors who are interested in the Illuminati. Either because they like conspiracy theories as presented by R.A.Wilson for example or they are interested in the obvious and less obvious connections between the Illuminati and Aleister Crowley and related orders or organizations.
1776 Adam Weishaupt (1748-1830, I am always astonished that he was just 32! (probably because the Law of the 5) founded the Order of the Bavarian Illuminati in Ingolstadt, Bavaria, Germany. He was a Professor for Canonical Law at the Ingolstadt University which was very much influenced by the Jesuits. Displeased by the heteronomy of the State and the Sciences through the Church he formed a freemason-like fraternity, mainly recruited among his students. “We are warriors against the darkness” he said. Soon there was a lot of frustration because nobody exactly knew what “Spartacus” (Adam Weishaupt’s motto) really wanted to accomplish with the order. He was very critical of the Church but before long lots of influential Clerics were also initiated into the order, mainly by one of the other great figures of the Illuminati, Adolph Freiherr von Knigge, aka “Philo” (1752-1796, dang! he was even younger!). Already in 1785 the Illuminati were forbidden by the Bavarian Government and its members were denunciated as anarchists or satanists.
German historians in Halle recently have found thousands of letters of the Illuminati which are now being published for the first time. The first volume of the projected four volumes of the collected correspondence is now available:
“Die Korrespondenz des Illuminatenordens”. Band I: 1776 – 1781. Published by Reinhard Markner, Monika Neugebauer-Wölk and Hermann Schüttler. Max Niemeyer Verlag, Tübingen; 528 pages; 126 Euro.
But beware: this is nothing like Dan Brown, conspriracy fans will probably be disappointed.
And it’s in German!