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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What is necessary in order to understand doctrine

The first thing to be said about the study of any traditional doctrine is that, in order to understand it, it is necessary to undergo a kind of mental reformation in order to adapt oneself to the traditional context in which that doctrine is found. This is what Guenon understood with regard to the Hindu doctrines, and it is the whole purpose of his Introduction to that tradition, which many have observed is not so much about the Hindu doctrines as it is about the conceptual rearrangement necessary in order to begin to make sense of them. What is unfortunate is that Guenon did not see the necessity for the same kind of mental demolition and reconstruction in order to approach each and every religion so that it might speak to us on its own terms and in its own language. Had he seen this he might not have been led to dismiss Christianity out of hand.

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