What was the Illuminati and when did it begin? Was it really secret because the Church suppressed and persecuted the sect’s members?
Once more, I’m worried about the upcoming movie Angels and Demons. On my thread in the Popular Culture section, many users are saying the book isn’t anti-Catholic and the movie won’t be either. But I’ve looked over the content on the website (angelsanddemons.com), and what is presented really disturbs me - even if it is not true, but especially if it is true. I have no idea what is fact or fiction.
In the description of the Illuminati, the website says it consisted of “scientists, artisits, and doctors” whose discoveries were at odds with the Catholic Church. The site suggests that the struggle between the Church and science reached a climax with Galileo. Through brief articles and clips of the movie, the site really seems to portray the idea that the Catholic Church really was against not only this sect but science.
The Church was supposed to be so against the Illuminati that it branded four scientists across the chest with the mark of a cross. This event is supposedly known as “La Purga,” and in a clip on the website, Tom Hanks talks about it and says to some Vatican officials “you guys don’t even read your own history”.
Did the Catholic Church actually “hunt down” the members of this group?
Also, I was reassured by some users that this movie probably won’t be an anti-religion movie. Well, it certainly seems to put faith at odds with reason and science. When talking about Galileo, the site says that the “forces of science and faith clashed in the 17th century” when Galileo advanced and taught the idea of a sun-centered system.
Now I haven’t seen but a few parts of the Da Vinci Code, but Tom Hanks’s character in this movie, at least, seems to be opposed to the Catholic Church, it’s history of “hunting down” scientists and starting “massacres”, and genuine faith itself.
Can someone please provide some facts? I looked up “La Purga” on Google but didn’t get many results. I briefly skimmed over the New Advent article, mainly because it said the Illuminati started in the late 1700s but the movie says it started in the 1600s.