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 task of re-framing questions

Often the person seeking counsel will begin with some secondary matter, a question that opens a dialogue but does not reveal the nature of their real perplexity. It may take some time ‘beating around the bush’ before the real question comes out.

It will also happen that the first task is to carefully reframe the questions being posed. As many writers have already observed, some of the most difficult questions in the history of theological debate have been impossible to answer only because the questions themselves were improperly framed and contained some internal contradiction that was unfortunately never detected. Much dogma is the result of just this problem where the religious authority steps in to make a ruling against a heresy, not always because the heresy is demonstrably wrong but because the issue at hand is absurd and there is no way to put it to rest except through dogmatism. And of course this is completely appropriate for such situations and is not a mark against dogma but for it, since otherwise these questions could tear a religion to pieces. Returning to our present context, usually in the questions posed by the seeker there is an accidental merging of different orders, such as the confusion of the spiritual and the psychic, or the metaphysical with the theological, and so on. Once the question is re-framed, it is half-answered, sometimes wholly answered, since the confusions previously apparent are now dispelled

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