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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Common difficulties

Coming face-to-face with the question of Satan’s nature and identity, and adopting the conventional image of a sadistic, reddish, horned being, much like ourselves composed of intellect and will and some type of body, who directs an army of ‘fallen angels,’ we run immediately into difficulties. First and foremost is an apparent ‘dualism’ that is plainly incompatible with the Christian view of God as both omnipotent and omniscient. Nor can we ever fully separate Satan from the Creator, for the simple reason that if God is Infinite, then there can be nothing that is not at least tenuously contained within God, for if anything is truly ‘not God,’ then God is not Infinite, since Infinity by definition includes everything and everyone. Moreover, we all ascribe to Satan a ‘personality’ while at the same time admitting that there is probably more to it than that. What more? Should ‘he’ be envisioned as man? Or serpent? Is all of this just a matter of ‘personification’ in the face of something unreachable to our minds? And if we have admitted previously of Satan’s status as ‘creature’ in the sense that he cannot not be contained within God, then what of his final Redemption, which according to Origen (and the Muslims, for that matter) must be the destiny of all that is God? All of these problems must be dealt with, and that is the task before us in the sections that follow.

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