Christianity was once a secret society, before the cross became a necklace pendant and that fish symbol thingee a bumper sticker.
Maybe Judaism was once a secret society but I do not think you can call the same for christianity...
This brings up a serious topic. The allegation of secret societies is at the core of anti-semitism.
A now infamous book, "The protocols of the Elders of Zion", was at the core of European anti-semitism in the early 1900s. The Elders of Zion were an supposed secret society of Jews who were plotting to take over the world.
This, of course, is a reason for the hateful anti-Semitism of the period and was the core of the Nazi philosophy (and helped their rise to power).
Most of todays conspiracy theories are very similar. They allege there is a secret society that is plotting to control the world and causing harm.
Some of my family peddles this dangerous idiocy and I have seen the propaganda.
A main target is the masons... but there is a surprising point in the rhetoric. The secret "symbols" that they use as evidence of sinisters plots are Jewish symbols--- includind the star of David.If you watch, it is clear that they think the masons are controlled by "Zionists" (i.e. the Jews).
They claim (right on the box of the CD) not to be anti-Semetic, yet they are alleging that the world is menaced by the "Zionists" and "show" how Israel is at the core of all kinds of evil. How do they manage this contradictions?
One of the CDs a family member showed me explains. They love the "true" Jews. They explained how the star of David is not a Jewish symbol and that it is the "fake" Jews who are part of the conspiracy.
Then one statement explained it all.... The "true Jews" are the ones that converted to Christianity.
That people still swallow this crap scares me.