This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Legitimate missionary activity in the modern world is extremely rare

Based on what’s already been said about missionary activity, it should be clear that in the present day legitimate missionary work is almost nowhere to be found. It is legitimate in principle and therefore valid under certain conditions, objective and subjective, but these limitations have been so completely ignored that even those who may actually be called to such a path are misled by the Church and by “Evangelical culture” so that they apply their gifts wrongly, damaging their own development and that of other peoples as well. For example, the work is too often carried out among people such as Hindus or Muslims, who are already “Christian” in the sense that they have the Universal Christ and therefore do not part of “the sick” who need saving. But, even so, we should always be careful with sweeping statements, and it remains true that legitimate missionary work is still possible. First, both the objective and subjective aspects of the work can be positively realized if the spiritual influence of the missionary is strong enough that it is able to overpower the waning spiritual influence of the indigenous people. This may happen when the existing spirituality is in a decadent stage, or when the mentality of a society has altered in such a way that Christianity is more suitable to it, or because the onset of materialism has nullified pre-existing religious forms to the point of impotence. Secondly, even if the proper objective conditions are not met, the sacrificial character of the work is still beneficial to the individual whose vocation it is. But this last situation, while I think it is possible, is so rare that I’m not familiar with any examples.

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