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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Proofs for God’s existence

We might say in general that the compulsion to ‘prove’ the existence of God makes clear two characteristics of the Western mind. First, that it seems very much trapped within the constraints of discursive reason, which is the only realm in which ‘proofs’ of any kind can be made. Second, it shows a lack of appreciation for metaphysical thought, first and foremost by failing to recognize its certitude is beyond proof, but also by implying that existence is some kind of supreme value, and that whatever does not exist is inferior to that which does. From the metaphysical point of view, existence is merely a determination, a condition of manifest being, and to insist on the existence of God is to attach conditions to Him. Ultimately, the exercise is beside the point, since what is really sought after, which seems to be an absolute certainty about God’s reality, cannot be provided by reasoned proof, but only by direct intellectual intuition through contemplation. This is why it has been suggested that the desire for proofs of God’s existence is a sign of either decadence or an incapacity for metaphysical thought.

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