Best/Worst Gravestone

I lamented a while back about the ridiculous theology mysticism that plagues so many condolences offered upon the death of a friend or relative. Well, thanks to Jesus Needs New PR, they’ve found evidence that someone somewhere has a gravestone to match. Whether it’s the best or worst you’ve seen, only you can judge.

(HT)

Αυτω η δοξα

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3 thoughts on “Best/Worst Gravestone

  1. Matthew: When I was in high school we had an assignment in English and literature to write our own epitaph. I went the simple route–I borrowed a line from Metallica’s Wherever I May Roam. “My body lies but still I roam.” Needless to say, I wouldn’t go that route these days!

  2. Well there’s something to “my body lies but still I roam”; our corpse lies behind but our soul persists yet. But I like T. S. Eliot’s epitaph. As the greatest poet of our last century, his published words have transcended his earthly sojourn, and, maturing with time and accruing ever greater potency, speak even more powerfully to his surviving audience. Citing from a poem, his greatest verse work, “East Coker,” which refers to a location where rest his ashes, Eliot’s epitaph bears the inscription of his own words and memorializes their extensive influence: “the communication of the dead is tongued with fire beyond the language of the living.” Nice line but sublimly great if fully grasped and understood as in the context of the full poem.

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