This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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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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Becoming like God, or becoming God?

Here is the central question that you must grapple with: to what extent is it permissible to say that we are called to become one with God–or to paint our final end as ‘becoming God.’ This is such a difficult question only because, as I’ve already said, the exoteric understanding begins by placing a certain irreconcilable division between man and God, and accepts a path of ‘salvation,’ but not union, which unfortunately is stopping short. An honest appraisal of commonly accepted Christian doctrine answers this question quite plainly. If we are the mystical body of Christ, then we are Christ, or else this saying is nonsense.

Perhaps some of the difficulty comes from misunderstandings about the nature of the union that would be in question when it comes to man and God, or the Christian and Christ. If it is imagined as a kind of extinction of all that we our, of our deepest reality, then of course we cannot accept it. And if, in the opposite direction, union means that our being is ‘dilated’ so that our identification with Christ means that we become Christ totally, then again it must be false. But these are misunderstandings, and the sayings already cited show how we should truly understand the union: the members of the body are not the total body, nor are they even the most superior part of it. Hence, Christ is the head and we are the members, all of us. Thus, we are given a picture of real union, although not some sort of total takeover of the Godhead, which would be absurd. To turn to the other objection mentioned above–that union entails the total extinction of what we are–this is dispelled in the saying of Meister Eckhart, that the final state is a question of ‘fusion without confusion.’ If it be asked where this appears in the Bible, we can refer again to the analogy of the believers as the “bride of Christ,’ and Christ as the “bridegroom.” These analogies are not chosen just for poetry, but convey the highest true through their representations, and if we accept this, then we are dealing with a mystical union that mirrors the conjugal union, albeit on a higher level.

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