An Orthodox Theology of Failing to Consistently Post Here

In not posting for so long, for lack of time and/or energy, I have developed an entire theological category for this reality presented before me at all times except right now (as I write this post).

Cogitolatry: The sin of exalting the thought itself and verbal expression of something in a communal setting over and above the written medium. It is under the heading of the second commandment (see: -olatry for etymological understanding). Advocates of Reformed Theology are most susceptible to this sin and are usually living in complete self-deception. This is the especial case of one such as William Sprague (see: author) who can never seem to take ideas and organize them into coherent written propositions.

Some have inferred that this failure is a result of latent Platonistic ideals in the cogitolater. This is a grave mistake, because Plato wrote coherent sentences and was able to write them with enough persuasiveness to convince Augustine (who was by no means a cogitolater!). The real cogitolater would be Socrates and some of the pre-Socratics, who did not write for the reason that you couldn’t really express the “idea” without it getting ruined. Plato got around this obstacle by writing stories of dialogues (which are much more pure) in order to spread his message.

These cogitolaters are everywhere, so beware. This sin, though especially prominent in some more than others, does usually crop up whenever a well-meaning student seeks to not procrastinate in writing a term paper. It is a peculiar thing indeed.

Pray for those suffering from temptation to this sin. They need it badly, and they can’t write you a letter to ask for help. They wouldn’t be able to get it out without stumbling over the etymology of the word “letter” which they will have to then call their friends and have long talks about the peculiar words that are present in the English language, and why they are what they are and why we can’t decline them.

P.S. Yeah. I went there, English. I won’t let you get away with it for long.

P.P.S. That was the “vocative” case of the noun “English”.

  1. This is why we scare away all the newcomers at church…

    • Will Sprague
    • March 22nd, 2011

    Wouldn’t have it any other way.

  2. In other news, what about the sin of exalting the written medium over the thought? Augustine could be guilty there…

    • Will Sprague
    • March 23rd, 2011

    Haha Augustine is clearly guilty of many sins related to writing too much, but there is no category for that. If you want, you can do some pioneer theology like me and create a category for this historically overlooked sin.

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