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But Thanks Be to God

Today I passed David Hume's grave in the old Edinburgh Graveyard. It was adorned with a dramatic memorial, which had, prominently inscribed upon it, the words "But thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." This was initially puzzling, as Hume didn't really believe in the Lord Jesus Christ or in any such victory.

But then it occurred to me that Hume himself had not inscribed this, but the townspeople, after his death. Perhaps this exclamation was their way of expressing their sentiments at the termination of Professor Hume's life.

3 comments:

This post is going to lead to the first ever Hume-based flame war.

November 19, 2009 at 7:40 AM  

How odd. Is it an obscure inscription, or the centerpiece of the memorial?

November 20, 2009 at 2:19 AM  

It's the centerpiece. That's what cracked me up so much.

November 20, 2009 at 3:50 AM  

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