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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Great spiritual teachers demonstrate the exception

The proponents of non-resistance will sooner or later try point to Christ and observe (rightly) that we cannot imagine him wielding a sword or a machine gun. And since Christians wish above all to imitate Christ, then that is all there is to it. Question settled, they seem to think.

But most great spiritual teachers, not only Christ but Buddha as well, tend to demonstrate through their lives the extreme of spiritual unworldliness and alienation. Their example is clearly intended to bring us to an awareness of spiritual realities. Christ’s kingdom was not of this world. Christ’s divine mission, which is to say his nature and his vocation, excluded the possibilities of outright bloodshed, to be sure, since as one man with one life he could not exemplify every possibility. But that he did not take up the sword does not mean that the sword cannot be taken up, and in fact his teaching does not exclude this, as is clear from the advice his Apostles would later offer to soldiers in the Roman military, not to mention the consistent doctrine of the Church since that time, which has always more or less allowed for the necessity of war and therefore the legitimization of the warrior vocation.

All Christians are called to be unified with Christ and to follow Christ and to integrate the truth of his Gospel, but it is simple and naïve to conclude that this requires everyone to respond to evil precisely (in word an action) as he did in every situation he faced. His responses were opportunities for spiritual education, and so they called him teacher. Recall what was said above about the vocation of the teacher, and we can say that Christ was the teacher par excellence. But not all of us are teachers.

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