This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

Accusations of emotionalism

When dealing with terms like ‘awe’ and ‘wonder’, which are primarily emotional states, we must be careful to see that we are deriving about a conceptual proposition from the evidence of these feelings. A psychological response to a thought about a concept is not valid evidence for the objective reality of that concept. Our mind can play tricks on us, as we all know. But what we have taken great pains to point out is that what is in question regarding the sense of the sacred is that it is not a concept, and the awe it inspires is a side-effect, and so we do not derive our certainty from the feeling of awe or wonder or even from our holy fear—our certainty precedes the feeling and is its cause. We are in awe because we have come into a knowledge of that about which there can be no doubt.

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