A Review of the Movie "Angels and Demons"
I went to see Angels and Demons last night. I’m glad I did. The main theme of the movie is that
Galileo is alive and well on earth, speaking from the grave. In fact, counting this movie, I have
never seen such a push for Galileo in popular science as I have in the last year. This movie puts
the icing on the cake.
Early in the movie Tom Hanks is sitting down with his female science associate and going over
the fact that, because the Church suppressed the heliocentric views of Galileo, Galileo went
underground before his death in 1642 and created a secret society of scientists and
astronomers who then called themselves The Illuminati (The Enlightened Ones). They are
“enlightened,” of course, because they knew better than the Church of how the world was
created and how it operates.
The Church got wind of this and by 1668 made a massive purge of the Illuminati, supposedly
murdering their leaders. The Illuminati have been progressing toward reprisal against the
Church ever since, and the climax comes in our day when a pope is assassinated by the
Illuminati, and the four preferred cardinals destined to take his place, are killed one by one. The
Illiminati are successful in murdering three of the cardinals, but the fourth escapes and
eventually becomes the new pope, and the whole Illiminati plot is foiled at the end of the
movie. (What we actually find out in the end, however, is that there was never a
current Illiminati plot in the first place. It was cooked up by a priest who was closest to the
pope, and the implication is that this priest was the one who murdered the pope so that he
himself could eventually become pope).
The movie wastes no time in bringing out the "science versus religion" theme. It’s sole purpose
is to make science the victor. The above priest, who is in authority during the tempe sede
vacante (the time while the pope is dead and before the election of a new pope), hatched the
whole plot to make it look like the Illiminati was att