This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

Exoteric and esoteric teachings

The esoteric-exoteric distinction does not apply to doctrine or the data of revelation itself, which is what it is. That is to say, there is no formal exoterism promoted by the Christian Church as opposed to a formal esoterism that is reserved for the adepts. The mystery of Christ is there for all to see, exposed naked from the outset, as he was at the Crucifixion. In fact I think it is this nakedness that perhaps offends certain spiritual types and drives them away from Christ toward traditions that offer ‘pure metaphysics,’ and which do not ‘profane the sacred.’ Christianity is nothing if not the mysterious profanation of the sacred, and this understandably turns the stomach (but we are getting ahead of ourselves). Regardless, the mystery of Christ only becomes exoteric or esoteric once it is seen by someone and depending on how it is seen by them. It is possible to penetrate into the mysteries, or to remain at the surface, but the mystery is what it is.

With that said, we must also admit that exposition is something else entirely and is commonly adapted to the aptitudes of the hearer.

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