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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Orthodoxy and heterodoxy

Orthodoxy is usually considered a religious concept, by which authorized and ‘official’ doctrine is held against unauthorized conceptions and interpretations. However, the term is also useful in the larger context of tradition unqualified. Here, heterodoxy is equivalent with falsity, plain and simple, and usually amounts to absurdity. Because at the level of principles absurdity is much more obvious, the falsity of heterodoxy is much easier to see, whereas at the religious level, heterodoxy can often extend itself much further and results in numerous debates before it subsides, if it subsides at all. Remember that we have said that metaphysics excludes everything of a hypothetical nature, since it is absolute certainty itself. ‘The intellect is truer than science,’ says Aristotle, and metaphysics is pure intellection. At this level, orthodoxy is not conformity with an authority, but is simply truth itself. Externally, in the Hindu tradition, agreement with the Veda is the criterion of this truth, but we placed certain explanations prior to this statement because it must be understood that this criterion is not a matter of ‘proof-texting,’ as so often takes place in Christianity when doctrinal debates occur. Rather, the test is more of an overall measure of coherence with the tradition as a whole.

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