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 exoteric treatment of history

Another way to demonstrate the difference of level that separates esoterism from exoterism is the tendency to treat historical events, which are always, in a sense, symbolic of the universal, as if these events were themselves absolute. In other words, significant historical events are the expression of eternal truths–which are beyond history because beyond time–but are not those truths themselves. Take as an example the Redemption of humanity, which is a metaphysical truth that cannot be placed in any historical period or locality, that is to say, it does not belong to time or space. Christ’s crucifixion is the manifestation, in time and space, of this eternal act, but men benefited from the Redemption before Christ’s death and after it, within the visible Church of Christ and outside that visible community.

To have it the other way, as it is imagined according to the exoteric perspective, and to have a certain ‘moment’ in time identified with cosmic redemption, the earth itself would have been instantly reduced to ashes, such would be the effect of such an actualization.

What was said of dogma can also be said of any means of Grace. That a particular means of Grace is a translation for the sake of believers of a universal reality, and this means that a given translation is only one of many possible translations or “forms” that the means of Grace might take. The Eucharist will perhaps be the best example of this, and we can say that even if it is the most profound means of Grace available in the Christian religion, it is not specific to that religion. And this is acknowledged in the partial way that is normal for dogma by saying that the Eucharist is instituted for the sake of all men in all the world, but the esoteric perspective would add that members of other religions participate in that same primordial truth via their own means of Grace.

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