A guest post by Luke M. Ironside
Man know thyself; then thou shalt know the Universe and God.
Everywhere in the world of today we see the emergence of a renaissance of modern thought. The doctrines of antiquity no longer satisfy the yearning of man for an understanding of the world he lives in. The old religions have failed in their task, leaving naught but debris in the wake of their decrepitude. The advances of modern science and the progressive philosophies of our time have caused a shifting of the tectonic plates of spiritual mentality and we are left with the arduous duty of building a new foundation from shattered fragments of the fallen edifice of orthodoxy. But lest this picture of modernity be painted in too sombre a shade, let us stand back for a moment and absorb the broader view. For it is a fact of nature that destruction must precede rebirth. The old things have passed away; behold, new things have come. So speak the ghosts of departed creeds. And so there shall arise a phoenix from the ashes, carrying in its flight the spark of a kindling flame destined to ignite the world ablaze in the fires of renewal. For indeed, what is dead must rise again; transformed like gold from the alchemist’s furnace. And it is here we find ourselves in this present age of uncertainty. The temples of the future must be raised from the rubble and this task falls to us – those few who dare to seek the light beyond the veil. This is no simple quest, and the road ahead is perilous and obstructed at every turn. But he who perseveres shall surely triumph – and thus, persevere we must.