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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Sensus fidelium

Every religion contains a more or less exoteric aspect, and in a sense this is a “necessary evil,” in that dogmatism is a sort of reduction of the Truth; but since this reduction is for the sake of its transmission, it is also a “necessary good.” We can even further and say that even though the priestly caste plays the predominant role in safeguarding and developing doctrine, the people also participate and even guide this same development, although not in a conscious and intentional way. The Catholic church calls this the sensus fidei, or the “sense of the faithful,” which is a type of “supernatural appreciation” on the part of the whole body of believers. Of course, emphasis should be placed on the fact that this does not refer to the “laity” as if it were an authority that they could wield against the clergy as a kind of religious populism. It is rather a universal capacity shared by the laity and the clergy alike.

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