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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Correspondences and external comparisons are not enough

By comparing the religions to different spiritual points of view, we have helped to paint a clearer picture of the problem of how often they misunderstand one another, but we have also oversimplified the matter and possibly given the impression that the difference between spiritual points of view boils down to the presence or absence of a few details. It might even give the impression that, in order to ‘understand’ another religion, it is enough to establish correspondences, for example between Muhammad and Christ, and the Bible and the Koran. This is incorrect and while it is laudable to try to establish unity in such a way, we must at the same time not fool ourselves. To return to the analogy of point of view in the physical world, we could say that the “difference of perspective” between Christianity and Islam is not only like the difference between one point and another on a circumference and on a common plane. On the contrary, Christianity and Islam are separate points but they may not even share a circumference and might even be on different horizontal planes. If this is the case, it is not simply a matter of taking the Christian holy book and saying that it corresponds to the Koran. The reality is that the Prophet is not the Messiah, and the Islamic religion is not founded on the Prophet. It is centered on his “miracle,” which is the Koran. The Koran is the center and basis of Islam. And so it would be more accurate to say that the Koran corresponds, not to the Bible, but to Christ himself. This is why it is not appropriate to call Muslims “Mohammedans,” as if they worship Mohammed in the way Christians worship Christ. In order to really grasp the spirit of a religion that is not one’s own, if it is possible at all, one must grasp the underlying unity of the various correspondences (correctly understood), and only then can one encounter the essence of the Revelation, since at that point one comes upon the center that coordinates all the details.

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