Greetings. I am new to the forum. It appears that everyone here is respectful to one another, which is my comfort in joining this forum. Most major religions seem to be open and willing to be scrutinized, but there are others that are very protective of their "knowledge" and "understanding." When I look at history, at least from my prospective, religious groups that require a level of secrecy, particularly in the introduction stage, turn out to be cults. ex. Nazism, Wicca, Heavens Gate, Jonestown, David Kiresh, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormans. (These are my examples and I mean offense to no one). Some of these examples have ended with great loss of life and/or survivors who need "deprograming" before they can reenter their normal lives. Many of them use brainwashing techniques, starting with limited information and expressing acceptance of the person as they progressively accept each new piece of information. Ultimately providing a comfort zone and a sense of belonging to the person. However, if the person was given full disclosure, for close scrutinization, to make a more educated decision, may never accept the concepts presented to them. If they are fully informed and do accept them, it is then by their own free will. Cognitive Dissonance: The tension of dissonance motivates us to change either our behavior or attitude. So, my question is, why all the secrets?