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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Continuity and renewal

The Church is tasked both with protecting the eternal and unchanging teachings of the Church, and with providing appropriate adaptations, interpretations, and, when necessary, re-interpretations, for each historical period. The Church must “become all things to all people,”[1] and while this does not in any way imply “compromise,” it does mean that when a new epoch presents itself, altering the customs, language, and thought of a people, it is up to the Church to make sure that the Tradition, in its fullness, is presented in a way that is intact and yet comprehensible to them. On this point, the desire expressed by St. John Paul II is the perennial desire of the Church:

“I wish principally…to reaffirm the continuity of the social doctrine as well as its constant renewal. In effect, continuity and renewal are a proof of the perennial value of the teaching of the Church…This twofold dimension is typical of her teaching in the social sphere. On the one hand it is constant, for it remains identical in its fundamental inspiration, in its ‘principles of reflection,’ in its ‘criteria of judgment,’ in its basic ‘directives for action,’ and above all in its vital link with the Gospel of the Lord. On the other hand, it is ever new, because it is subject to the necessary and opportune adaptations suggested by the changes in historical conditions and by the unceasing flow of the events which are the setting of the life of people and society.”[2]

[1] 1 Cor 9:19-23.

[2] SRS, 3; Cf. OA, 4.

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