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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Legitimate departures from moral perfection

We’ve repeatedly pointed out the compromise that must be made when confronting evil, but it will probably help to point out some instances where this might occur. Take for example the situation of the spy working to infiltrate an enemy organization for the sake of learning their secrets. If this kind of work is legitimate at all it must involve numerous acts that would be called immoral in any other context: lying, betrayal, manipulation, theft, every kind of deceit up to and including the taking of life.

These things are necessary in the confrontation between man and evil and although they are certainly unrighteous (we cannot imagine Christ using sabotage and intrigue to overcome the Pharisees) they are precisely the sort of mandatory departures we have in mind but played out on a larger scale and in a context that makes them easy to see.

The situation of the spy is also indicative of the kind of ‘fine line’ that must be walked and the danger that hounds anyone who must use these means. It is easy to go too far. What happens when leaders who rightly develop counterintelligence techniques retain them and, in addition to deploying them out of necessity against enemies, they use them domestically, spying on their own citizens and using the same kind of intrigue and betrayal against their own people?

Here, in a clearly visible way, we see the danger of corruption in men who do not have the spiritual sight  or strength of will to know that although we must enter the swamp to save those trapped there, we cannot bring the swamp home with us.

Here, then, we can perhaps move to the necessity of spiritual cleansing, which involves a kind of decontamination after our immersion in combat with evil.

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