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 needs of the family are central to CST

Here we must refer once more to the indispensable principle that grace presupposes nature, ensuring that we apply it comprehensively. Indeed it is impossible to over-stress this particular truth, and it is precisely the neglect of this truth which has led to numerous perversions of the social order. With regard to CST, the application of this principle means that the lofty and diverse duties of the family cannot be carried out in an economic vacuum. The family requires for its normal and healthy functioning a certain sufficiency of material goods. If we desire stable families, we require a stable economic substrate within which they can grow and thrive. It is ridiculous to complain, as some have made a habit of doing, that the family is decaying in its moral aspects, while at the same time refusing to make any provisions for its material aspects. Such an attitude turns its own complaint into a self-fulfilling prophecy. Divorce, absentee fathers, and abortion undoubtedly undermine virtue and human flourishing, and are rightfully condemned; but it is undeniable that poverty and insecurity are primary causes of such moral failures. It is short-sightedness pure and simple to condemn the deterioration of virtue while ignoring the economic structures that jeopardize the economic stability of the family, which acts as the training ground of virtue.

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