“1 It is the part of man to prepare the soul: and of the Lord to govern the tongue. 2 All the ways of a man are open to his eyes: the Lord is the weigher of spirits. 3 Lay open thy works to the Lord: and thy thoughts shall be directed. … 5 Every proud man is an abomination to the Lord: though hand should be joined to hand, he is not innocent. 6 By mercy and truth iniquity is redeemed: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.” — Proverbs 16
We here at Codgitator Consulting ® doubt that any current readers of FCA will “get” the nature of this post, since only the most devoted, longtime readers of FCA will know who I am.
Allow me to introduce myself, then.
My name is Elliam Fakespeare, and I am Codgitator’s executive assistant. I used to be employed full-time at his former blog, but these days I’m called in for occasional freelance work.
Recently Codgitator received a worthwhile (and rather stimulating) rebuttal to a claim he recently made (again), and, in seeking to understand and answer the rebuttal, he stumbled upon a very fruitful codgitative “hack”. Starting today, notwithstanding posts that he has already drafted, when Codgitator has a worry about an issue, he will use this twofold hack before addressing and dressing down the worry. He’s bashful about stating forthright what the hack is, but in the near future he may present the rebuttal and his “hacked” response to it.
And now for some questions from the press.
Does all this hacking finally prove that Codgitator is a hack?
He’s willing to face that risk.
In answering the recent rebuttal of real repute, will he perhaps sound guilty of petitio principii?
He’s aware of that risk, will do his best to avoid it, but embraces the risk of further lowering his already mud-heel reputation.
How does Codgitator feel about receiving a good rebuttal?
Truth be told, he likes it. It puts some play in the line. Indeed, if there’s one thing he wishes his “audience” understood–he objected to the term “audience”, but I told him it’s kosher, whereupon he objected even more strenuously, but–it’s that one of his highest goals is honest dialogue and a manful thrashing out of the issues. What he cannot abide, however, is a bully or someone who drowns out an otherwise good conversation with a pocketful of rhetorical marbles which that person is hell-bent on casting onto the floor at every turn. Contrary to appearances, Codgitator is not always 100% sure of himself. He sometimes wonders if he’s not beset by a true spiritual myopia, yet he chooses to forge ahead based on the light shed by Scripture, Tradition, and his conscience (fitfully fed by prayer though it may be).
Will he ever get around to the posts he’s been promising for weeks?
In accord with the Lord’s teaching in Matthew 5, Codgitator does not “promise”. Rather, he strives to let his yes be yes and his no be no, and he then commits his plans to the Lord (Proverbs 16:3). Unless God calls him to judgment midstream, Codgitator shall publish the posts that he has begun in good faith on this long march of faith. It’s not like he gets off on reading the entrails as they come out from Rome. (He told me to say that just now.) He tries to remain sensible to the leading of God in his heart, and if it comes to pass that he has an epiphany–a sort of Damascus Road experience–on the road of his discernment process of late, he will not be bashful in letting you know.
Until then, he remains a loyal son of the Church.