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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The legitimacy of the exoteric-esoteric distinction

The exoteric-esoteric distinction is legitimate as long as it is neither absolutized nor institutionalized.

An example of unjustifiable institutionalization would be to insist, as some do, on a distinction between the ‘Church of Peter’ and an esoteric ‘Church of John.’ John was undeniably the preeminent mystic, but to take this fact and see in the development of Christianity two distinct paths in an excess and in fact a fiction.

A good example of the legitimate use of this distinction comes from St. Paul, although he uses the terms ‘letter’ and ‘spirit’: clearly here he is neither institutionalizing two Churches nor abolishing one side of the distinction in favor of the other. He is emphasizing the inner dimension of the religion life to which we, as Christians, are invited.

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