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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The Divine Personality

Whether or not the Supreme Principle otherwise known as God ought to be conceived of as personal or impersonal is a question that unnecessarily disturbs the Western mind. We say unnecessarily because the question is in reality a false dichotomy, and from a metaphysical point of view both alternatives are true and valid. To demand that the Supreme Principle be viewed strictly personally is evidence of a truncated metaphysics, if not a lack of metaphysics altogether, which insists on viewing the Absolute in its relative aspect only, and not as It is in Itself. From the point of view of universal manifestation, that is to say from perspective of the created world, the Principle is personal. As the source of personality, it is from this point of view the Divine Personality. But viewed in Itself, it need not be limited to the determinations that are derived from it, personality being one of those. As the source of personhood, it is supra-personal. So again, to insist that God be viewed as personal is usually evidence of a tendency toward anthropomorphism, and usually carries with it an individualistic conception, both of these being illusions. The theological point of view with which the Western world is most familiar does not effectively make this distinction, which is why it does not readily provide terms to discuss it. We would be forced to use the term ‘God’ in so many diverse ways as to render it too vague to be useful. In the Far East, the distinction we have in mind is that between ‘Non-Being’ and ‘Being,’ while in Hindu terminology it is the distinguishing terms are Brahma and Ishwara.

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