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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Awareness of a spiritual presence as the primary thing

Our sense of the sacred permits us to detect, not an object, but a presence. This presence is everywhere and hovers like a perfume over all things and it conditions the life of the saints and never departs from them. Such is the result of living in constant awareness of the divine that is behind all appearances.

It is sense of spiritual presence that serves as the true foundation of our reasonings about God’s essence. In rationalist philosophy one begins with an idea and then arrives (or does not) at the acceptance of a proposition about God’s existence. Thus, philosophy moves from essence to existence. The religious man moves from an intimate presence and only at a late stage, and secondarily, at speculative knowledge about God’s essence.

This is how it has always been: men everywhere sensed the presence of God and to the extent that they sensed it, they were religious. From this basis the most powerful intellects embarked on speculation, not in the rationalist sense but in the spiritually enlightened sense, taking for granted what the rationalist sets out to prove, and in this way the ancients arrived at a highly developed metaphysics. We do not quite wish to say that simplicity always precedes doctrine, since the most powerfully minded have, at many points, been precisely the ones who keenly sensed the presence, but it must be said that the sense of spiritual presence is the prerequisite to any doctrine.

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