This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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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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Security is not to be had—the error of the apologetic approach

Those who deal too much in apologetics and proofs for God, who depend too much on intellectual security for their peace of mind, have failed to understand that to live a life fully aware of the transcendent is to live ‘spiritually on edge’.

One cannot have the security that is claimed either by the atheistic materialist or the Christian apologist. Security of the type that apologists pretend to offer is not to be had, and this is why I prefer to avoid that practice entirely and only recommend the reading of apologists under certain circumstances. Such books tend to be long chains of begged questions and unwarranted conclusions based on reasoning that could have been useful in any other context but apologetics. To a sincere and intelligent inquirer, that type of writing always prove too little and in almost every case one gets the sense that the apologist is writing out of an urge to reassure himself, and that he has been far too successful in that regard.

It has always seemed to me that apologetic literature, or the apologetic approach to evangelism, is in a very real sense an affront to religion. Not that debate has no place in religion, but that religious experience begins when we come into contact with a reality that is beyond knowing, a reality that destroys our conceptual framework entirely, that reveals all of our knowledge, all of our arguments, to be as straw. Religion begins, not in rational certainty, but in a profound humbling of the mind and its powers. To present religion to the world as first and foremost a ‘reasonable proposition’ is to start off on the wrong foot and even in the wrong direction.

To begin our search for religion by examining the reasonableness of religious claims is to admit that we have not really understood what it is we are interested in knowing, and it is to be misled in such a way that we will struggle to uncover the insufficient nature of the questions we have begun asking.

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