This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Gnosis proceeds from revelation

To return to the mental climate in which St. Paul would have assumed, we can refer to Philo, a Jewish philosopher living in Alexandria, born 25 BC. He speaks of the higher intellect and we should note that he speaks of it as ‘purified,’ and what brings about this purification is revelation, namely the direct revelation received by Moses from God:

There exists a more perfect and better purified intellect, an intellect initiated into the greater mysteries, which is not confined to acquiring knowledge of the Cause from created things, like on discovers a permanent substance from its shadow, but which, beyond the created, perceives a very clear image of the Uncreated, in such a way that, thanks to the latter, it perceives the Uncreated and its shadow at the same time, that is the Logos and the sensible world together as a whole.[1]

St. Clement illuminating power of revelation to illuminate the intellect:

O truly sacred mysteries! O stainless light! My way is lighted with torches, and I survey the heavens and God; I become holy whilst I am initiated. The Lord is the hierophant, and seals while illuminating him who is initiated.[2]

[1] Allegories on the Laws, book III, ch. 33, n. 100.

[2] Exhortation to the Heathen, XII, 120.

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