This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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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Etymology and meaning

We have said that, when found in the ancient world, particularly in the Christian context, we do not find the noun ‘esoterism’ but rather an adjective ‘esoteric’, or esoterikos. The meaning here is simply ‘that which has a comparatively more interior quality.’ Note the word ‘comparatively,’ indicating that the word always implies the esoteric-exoteric distinction.

The adjective esoteric does not correspond to pure interiority but indicates a movement toward the interior as opposed to the exterior.

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