Wednesday, June 14, 2006


In light of my symptoms and my recent posts, my ‘friend’ Simon had already gone to the trouble of formulating my eulogy: ‘Chris: A fine friend, bad personal hygiene, but a sharp, if heretical mind’.

At times like this you learn who your friends are, hey Si.

Yes, he was being a git, but it does make me think – what will be written on my tomb?

‘Chris: everything he touched went tits-up’.

‘Chris: Died of smoking, but he’s definitely not smoking anymore’.

‘Chris: He thought he was a theologian’

‘Chris: Died after being attacked by territorial male squirrels’

‘Chris: He meant well’

Anyway, before I get carried away, just one more ‘death quote’:

‘When we die, we do not die into nothingness; we die into God ... We are known by God already. In that lies our hope, for God’s knowing is forever’
But do you know who said it?

If anyone guesses correctly, I’ll be seriously impressed. A clue: he is primarily a NT scholar.


At 6/15/2006 11:31 AM, Anonymous Simon Hardwick said...

Sorry mate...I just could resist!

btw - it worries me you record and reproduce our IM conversations!

*concerned face over future revelation!*

From your 'supportive' 'friend'!


At 6/15/2006 11:36 AM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

I just could resist!
I just couldN'T resist, I think you mean.
Oh yes, I have all your confessions recorded.
I want cash.

At 6/15/2006 11:41 AM, Anonymous Simon Hardwick said...

*stands corrected*

*feels thick*

*Gives thanks to God for his friend Chris who always keeps him humble*

*types in credit card details into an email...sends to Chris*

*weeps into hanky...writes his own eulogy...hopes for pity.... receives none*

At 6/15/2006 11:48 AM, Anonymous Steven Harris said...

The quote is (I think) from Marcus Borg. I'm not 100% sure, but I have a feeling that it is, and feelings can't be wrong.

Very happy to hear that you're feeling better by the way!

At 6/15/2006 1:55 PM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

*Weep on, Spindle*

At 6/15/2006 1:55 PM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

Steven, I stand amazed! You are dead right!

The quote comes from his recent book, The Heart of Christianity. If ever there was a book I agreed with yet simultaneously totally disagreed with, this is it.

At 6/15/2006 2:17 PM, Anonymous Ben Myers said...

What a marvellous quote -- thanks for posting it (the Borg quote, that is, not your eulogy). I haven't read this book, but I'll have to get a copy.

On another note, I'm delighted to hear that you're well and that you won't be needing to use Simon's eulogies!

At 6/15/2006 3:23 PM, Anonymous Jason Goroncy said...

Keep kicking on Tilling... by the way, have you got the reference to that quote. It's a rippa.

At 6/15/2006 5:55 PM, Anonymous J. B. Hood said...

"Chris: Died of smoking, but not smoking at present. But he will be smoking again someday."

I'm absolutely convinced we'll be lighting up in the New Heavens and New Earth, a belief which is buttressed by my interpretation of Rev 22:5: "The Lord will give them [a] light."

Or, "Chris: He is now a theologian."

At 6/15/2006 8:32 PM, Anonymous Jon said...

But the eulogies on Borg's grave stone will be even more choice:

"Marcus: Who knows what he believed but we know one thing - he is dead"

"Marcus: Let's hope truth doesn't lead to salvation hey!"

Ah well... Only kidding... I'm sure he meant well...

Means well...

You mean Marcus Borg actually exists?!

At 6/16/2006 12:08 AM, Anonymous Eddie said...

Could you give us the page number for that borg quote?

Thanx Chris

At 6/16/2006 1:16 AM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

Hi Ben, it is an easy and friendly read, and very cheap.

Hi Jason, the quote is from page 182 and 184

Hi JB,
Thanks for the laugh! Perhaps, like Jim Carey's Mask, I'll one day be ssmmokkin. Or perhaps, if I really am a heretic after all, I'll be smoking for other reasons :-(

Hi Jon,
Thanks for the chuckle!

And lastly, Eddie. See my comments to Jason above.

At 6/17/2006 11:27 PM, Anonymous Jon said...

You're welcome Chris!

I'm currently studying at St Andrews University as you yourself did (2nd going into 3rd). Doing theology the only thing that gets you through is the ability to have a chuckle!


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