Behind Closed Doors: The Power and Influence of Secret Societies

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New Holland Publishers, 2008 - Religion - 272 pages
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Are there political organizations presently at work bending the world to their will? Why are some religions successful while others have died out? Mystery, reverent secrecy, business acumen and financial wealth are all essential to many of today's most feared and controversial religions and political groups. From the mysterious Illuminati and Opus Dei faiths to covert political organizations such as the Trilateral Commission, Michael Streeter examines secret societies, both past and present, exploring their power and influence and revealing the true nature behind the handshakes and headlines. Book jacket.
 

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Contents

Introduction
7
The Dawn of Time
12
Merovingians Cathars and the Knights Templar
40
Freemasonry
68
The Enlightened Ones
99
Magic Hate and the Old Gods
123
Money and Influence
146
Opus Dei
178
The Church of Scientology
202
Criminal Societies
231
The Future
246
Glossary of Terms
253
Bibliography and Further Reading
262
Index
266
Credits and Acknowledgements
272
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