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 doctrine of Progress

First and foremost, you are not where you think you are. You think you are on the peak of history, looking down from these glorious heights with pity at your ancestors who are below you; who stare up at you with their dirty, diseased, ignorant, ape-like faces; who would deeply envy your existence, except that they are not even intelligent enough comprehend its greatness, and so cannot even come close enough to you, intellectually speaking, to envy you. Is this not what you have been taught for as long as you can remember?—even if you don’t believe in Evolution, you almost certainly accept the same type of thinking applied as a general worldview: that all things have been building up to the great masterpiece of evolutionary genius which is you, the modern, free, educated, civilized man; you the great envy of history, the pinnacle of the human form. And if you are an American, well, you have the privilege of extending this a priori self-satisfaction to your country as well. The greatest nation in the world, right? And not just the world today, but, in the history of the world. What an exquisitely convenient doctrine!—It is the doctrine of Progress, with a capital ‘P’. According to Progress, which serves as the universal religion of the modern world, historical development moves from worst to best, corruption to perfection, disorder to order. Not only is this held to apply biologically, via evolution, but even mentally and spiritually. Not only do primates become persons, but primitive ignorant persons become modern, intelligent, freedom-loving Americans. In short, Progress upholds a view of creation which places Hell at the beginning of time and the Garden of Eden at the end. Paradise ceases to be a reminder of human frailty—a reminder of a lost perfection leading to present brokenness—and becomes instead a future destination—an inevitable future destination—toward which humanity is moving; the New Jerusalem will be the result of a natural law rather than a supernatural intervention on the part of God Himself in order to save a decaying cosmos from annihilation.

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