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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Christ’s world

The world for which Christ was “the Way” and “the Truth” and “the Life” is, as I’ve already said, coextensive with the Roman Empire, or what we could call today “the West.” This seems to be the most reasonable interpretation of what the Bible itself actually says. For example, when “every nation under heaven” is mentioned in Acts 2, it clearly could not mean that there were people present from every nation on the planet. Nor do we have to guess at what exactly was meant by this designation, since we are given a list: Parthians, Medes, Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, parts of Libya, Cretans and Arabs. That is a large area, but it is emphatically not “every nation under heaven” in the modern sense. It is, however, just about every nation known to the Roman world. And so, when we later hear that “there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12), it would be unreasonable to assume that a much larger geographical area was intended, as if the author’s way of speaking had changed drastically from two chapters before. But again, we must not be too superficial, because if it is meant that the name of the person, Jesus Christ, must be known by name in order to be saved, then this can only apply to the world into which Jesus Christ came. But if it is meant that the Word, which is the Divine Name of which Christ, Buddha, the Prophet, are so many manifestations, is the one name by which alone men are saved, then it can indeed be taken as inclusive of all mankind. The two interpretations just mentioned are not mutually exclusive, but are two different levels of meaning and are both true simultaneously. The error of exoteric Christianity is in confusing the two levels, applying the unicity of the universal to the relativity of the historical.

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