This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Myth and the loss of the symbolical mind

To begin, we can first address the means deployed by the creationists. Properly understood, the Scriptures dealing with origins present a mythological narrative. Myth is one of the most powerful tools of doctrine because it is capable of conveying truths at a higher level than any other form of writing. The problem is that myth is only capable of speaking to a symbolical and objective humanity: by this we mean a humanity oriented toward the real, seeing things as significant not merely with reference to the human observer, but as they are in themselves, which is to say, seeing each thing as having significance in itself and beyond itself, and readily conveying traces of the Absolute.

Mythological narrative is not an account of an event that took place at a given time in the past: the event described in myth unfolds now and forever. Events are depicted as successive (occurring one after another in time), but since the setting itself stands outside of time, this must be understood to signify a logical priority rather than a temporal one. To say it another way, mythological narrative usually instructs us on principial relationships, the nature of Being, and the hierarchical structure of things: its truths are therefore much more significant than mere ‘historical fact.’

Again, myth deals in symbol and if it refers to historical fact this is only as a prop to convey the meaning that is behind the fact: the timeless truth of which the historical fact is merely the contingent expression in time and place. The creationists, through their principle of literal interpretation, have insisted on a superficial reading of their own myths, which amounts to denying their mythological quality and making of them a set of children’s stories devoid of higher significance and permitting only the most vulgar interpretations.

What, then, of the traditional cosmology that these ‘stories’ were meant to convey? It is forgotten, or denied as unknowable. It is precisely this cosmology that we will try to describe here as it relates to the origin and differentiation of species.

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