This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

NOTICE:
This Dark Age is now available in paperback on Amazon. The print version is MUCH cleaner than this online version, which is largely unedited and has fallen by the wayside as the project has grown. If you’ve appreciated my writing, please consider leaving a review on the relevant paperback volumes. The print edition also includes new sections (Military History, War Psychology, Dogmatic Theology).

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Apostolic succession and initiatic continuity

We have noted that Islam is not hierarchical in the same way that Catholicism is hierarchical, and that it does not have a priesthood. We will note, however, that the Sufi orders claim initiatic continuity, which is to say they can identify a chain of ‘initiators’ going back usually to Ali. The chain differs between the founds of the Sufi order in question, but its operation is very similar in logic and in function to what is called ‘apostolic succession’ in Catholicism. This is a necessary component of all initiatic schools and the insistence on it is evidence of an authentic understanding of how traditional initiation operates.

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