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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Vincible ignorance

Now we must look at the other side of the picture. When a person “takes little trouble to find out what is true and good, or when conscience is almost blinded through the habit of committing sin,”[1] then we can hardly say that his ignorance (and whatever actions stem from it) are “inevitable.” In these cases we must admit that due to his own choices (mental sloth or habitual sin) his ignorance is vincible and that he is to some degree responsible for it. In short, he could have had the light, but chose the darkness instead. This means that if we are too lazy to educate our conscience and participate in its formation, it will naturally become deformed, and this state of things will be our own fault. Likewise, if we allow ourselves to live in constant sin, our consciences will be desensitized and our judgment thrown askew. In such circumstances, we are clearly responsible for our negligence.[2]

[1] GS, 16.

[2] CCC, 1790-1791.

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