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Christopher L. Hodapp (born 1958 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American author and filmmaker, noted for his writings about Freemasonry. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of The Masonic Society.



Hodapp studied film production between 1977 and 1983 at Indiana University, the University of Southern California, Los Angeles Valley College and California State University Northridge. In 1984, he became a commercial filmmaker with Dean Crow Productions in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has edited more than 700 television commercials and feature films, and his voice has appeared in numerous broadcast productions.

Hodapp became a Freemason in 1998, and is a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason in the Valley of Indianapolis. He is a Past Master of Lodge Vitruvian No. 767, one of the first "European Concept" lodges in the U.S. He is a member of the York Rite and a Knight Templar. He is a Past Sovereign Master of the Allied Masonic Degrees, a member of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (Shriners), and numerous other Masonic organizations. In 2004, as part of a Masonic think-tank known collectively as the Knights of the North, he co-wrote and edited Laudable Pursuit: A 21st Century Response To The Questions Of Dwight Smith. The influential paper was distributed over the Internet (since reprinted in the "Philalethes Society Magazine").

In 2005, he wrote Freemasons For Dummies, the best-selling introduction to the Masonic fraternity.[1] In 2006 Hodapp wrote Solomon's Builders: Freemasons, Founding Fathers and the Secrets of Washington D.C., which explores the early history of the United States and the role Freemasons played in its revolution and founding. It also contains an extensive guide to Masonic landmarks in Washington D.C. In 2007, in collaboration with Alice Von Kannon, he wrote The Templar Code For Dummies, a guide to the medieval Knights Templar, the subsequent mysteries and myths that have surrounded them, and their connections with Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. In 2008, Hodapp and Von Kannon published their second collaboration, Conspiracy Theories & Secret Societies For Dummies. In 2009, he authored Deciphering The Lost Symbol: Freemasons, Myths and the Mysteries of Washington, D.C. , a Masonic guidebook to Dan Brown's novel The Lost Symbol.

He has written for Templar History Magazine, Masonic Magazine, The Indiana Freemason Magazine, The Scottish Rite Journal, and Indianapolis Monthly Magazine. Between 2005-2008, he wrote a monthly humor column for the Texas-based Living Natural First Magazine, A Pilgrim's Progress: True Tales of an Organic Greenhorn.

He has appeared on the History Channel ("Secrets of the Founding Fathers") and the Discovery Channel ("Hunting The Lost Symbol"), and is a frequent radio guest on the subjects of Freemasonry, the Knights Templar, conspiracy theories and secret societies.

He currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife Alice.


  • "Laudable Pursuit: A 21st Century Response To The Questions Of Dwight Smith" (editor, co-author) ISBN 978-0-557-00722-6
  • Freemasons For Dummies ISBN 0-764-59796-5
  • "La Franc-maçonnerie pour les Nuls", Editions First, février 2006 (with Philippe Benhamou)
  • Solomon's Builders: Freemasons, Founding Fathers and the Secrets of Washington D.C. ISBN 1-569-75579-5
  • The Templar Code For Dummies (with Alice Von Kannon) ISBN 0-470-12765-1
  • Foreword to The Compasses and the Cross by Stephen Dafoe ISBN 0-853-18298-1
  • Conspiracy Theories And Secret Societies For Dummies (with Alice Von Kannon) ISBN 0-470-18408-6
  • Foreword to Cracking Codes & Cryptograms For Dummies by Denise Sutherland and Mark Koltko-Rivera ISBN 0-470-59100-5
  • Deciphering The Lost Symbol ISBN 1-569-75773-9


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