This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Vestiges of tradition in the West

The West, although nominally disowning its traditional ties, has retained residues of the Christian civilization that gave birth to it and to which it was loyal throughout the Middle Ages. Some of these institutional ‘residues’ are not strictly religious, being natural to some extent, but it was the framework of Christianity that supported them and granted them legitimacy, and in the aftermath of the Enlightenment they have either deteriorated completely or were permitted to remain only as anachronisms that no longer have the ‘vitalizing’ support of tradition to maintain and develop them.

The institution of ‘the family’ is one such example, and is now, in the West, nothing but a kind of ‘superstition’ that is slowly dissolving in the acid philosophy of individualistic Liberalism. This is becoming more clear to Westerners at the present time as the structure of the family, including the basic definition of marriage, is intentionally dismantled or neutralized. Laws built up over millennia in support of the ‘natural family’ are called into question, construed as irrational, bigoted, or sexist in the face of modern ideals. Even those who want to save the family cannot protect it because in most cases (and unbeknownst to themselves) they too adhere to the tenets of modernism and so they undermine with one hand what they would save with the other. The only context in which the family made sense has been rooted out.

We do feel the need to append a clarifying note here in order to avoid giving the impression that we deny the validity of ‘civil marriage’ that does not attach itself to a religious structure. Our position is the Catholic one, which is that a marriage need not be ‘religious’ in order to be valid. There is such a thing as civil marriage since, in the eyes of Catholicism, marriage is a natural institution, and so marriage can be contracted without the approval or intervention of the church. We only wish to highlight the fact that the nobleness of the family is only apprehended by an authentic religious anthropology, such as that which is offered by Catholicism. Religion plays for society the role of ‘expert in humanity’ and is the only authority capable of safeguarding the more subtle truths about man. Thus, to return to what we said above, it should be clear that the traditional framework preserves truth in general, and therefore the profound nature and importance of marriage, and on the ground the family is defended from dissolution. Without this defense, marriage and the family, natural as they are, are easily destroyed in the face of any ideology not inclined to acknowledge the providential character of the natural law.

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