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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Tawhid—the One God

The sublime idea of Islam, around which all other ideas revolve, is the contemplation of the One God, the God Who is One, and this is what is meant by tawhid.

In the Muslim view, tawhid is not only the central doctrine of Islam but of all revelation and all religion throughout all of history. That is to say, it is a reaffirmation of the first line of the Nicene Creed of the Christians: “We believe in One God…”

This is an important point because it expresses that the heart of Islam is universalist, embracing all previous revelations and all previous prophets all throughout the world. The prophets of the Old and New Testaments are the prophets of the Koran, and while there are numerous debates in Christian circles as to whether or not Christians and Muslims ‘worship the same God’, the question, from the point of view of tawhid, is nonsense: who else could anyone worship?

Tawhid is first and foremost an attestation about the Absolute, but it also serves as the goal of the spiritual life and gives shape to the Islamic method. Spiritual realization for Islam is the integration of multiplicity into Unity, and in this through knowledge, and in this light we can begin to see commonalities, even if only vaguely, between tawhid-as-spiritual-way and the Vedanta of the Hindus, the purpose of both being the realization that there is none other than Brahma, the One.

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