The only difference between the two tombstones I see is at the bottom of the P – looks like another period made it in there.
It’s fascinating to see the progression of David Hayward’s cartoons. His belief system certainly seems to be evolving. Looking at this one, it seems as though he’s questioning the existence of an afterlife, since both the dead believer and the dead atheist have ended up in the same place: the cemetery.
Umm…R.I.P. for atheists-?? Doesn’t “Rest In Peace” mean that one’s soul [god willing] will have eternal rest in heaven-?
This wins as the most awkward headline of the day.
It’s like the joke, “What do you call alternative medicine that works?: Medicine.” This is, “What’s the difference between a dead atheist and a dead believer? Nothing.” ; )
Damn, I think you might be onto something there!
The phrase or initialism is commonly found on the grave of Catholics,
as it is derived from their burial service in which the following
prayer is said:
(May his soul and the souls of all the departed faithful by
mercy rest in peace).
“Rest in peace” is a prayer that the
deceased may rest peacefully, not in torment, while awaiting Judgment
Day. Catholics believe that the soul is parted from the body upon death, but that the soul and
the body will be reunited on Judgement Day.
Except this is one of the older ones.
We don’t have the language appropriate to discuss non-existence. We don’t even have the experience of non-existence to help with the imagining of non-existence. But what I am able to say, is that if I don’t exist, I won’t be there to rest, sleep, dream, or care about the pros and cons of not existing, so I’m not worried.
Or it could mean that’s one mind has eternal rest by not doing anything anymore.
As for heaven being restful, being shoved with millions of people under a chair and singing forever doesn’t sound all that restful, but that’s me.