This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

Two types of corruption

When it comes to the choice of forms it should be taken for granted that they will all be subjection to corruption. This typically takes one of two forms: dilution or petrifaction. In the former, the forces of dispersion and lukewarmth take their toll, and contemporary Protestantism is one example of this. When petrification is in question, it is rather that the practices and institutions that go to form the life of the church become ossified and inflexible, so that even those who cling to forms cling to them like fat deposits in a sclerotic artery, and their very lethargy is what kills. This would be more the case with Catholicism which has remained true to its superficial elements while closing in on itself and becoming more uniform and rigid and incapable of responding in a decisive manner to changing conditions. We mention this not to unjustly disparage Christianity but only to show that corruption is normal and that a form should not be rejected because it displays one of these two tendencies, so long as the window to the Absolute provided by that tradition remains open and accessible.

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