Okay, this is the post I can’t put up at American Spectator. This is the kind of post for which personal blogs were made.
I have long been troubled by the choice of many to be cremated. I far prefer the practice of Christian burial, which leaves the body intact as a sign of the dead person’s hope in resurrection by the Lord.
There are people in my family who are Christians and who prefer to be cremated. This disturbs me. I want to visit those who predecease me at their graves. I want to visit them where they lay, not look at some urn or think about how we scattered an incinerated body over a lake or something like that.
So, I have been trying to think about how to convince people not to be cremated. Some of my Christian relatives and friends are annoyed by my strong preference against the practice of incinerating the dead. They accuse me of having too little faith that God will raise whom he will raise regardless of the state of the body. He will raise even a body that has been burned into ashes.
I suspect they are right. I doubt God would refuse to resurrect or admit to the afterlife someone who requested and received cremation. Still, I think we call it Christian burial for a reason. It is a symbol, just like the wedding ring on a finger. We are signaling the world that we believe God has plans for us. He will resurrect the old body and transform it into an uncorruptible, glorified new body with a future we can only guess about.
But I titled this post “The Secular Case Against Cremation.” Here it is. You aren’t going to have to believe in anything more than the technological progress of man. If you are cremated and your physical body has been destroyed, then how are the incredibly advanced humans of the year 3500 going to reconstitute you by using your DNA? The graveyards are going to be an incredible bonanza of super advanced bio-archaeology. They’ll need a body or at least some old bones to work with! Then, you can hang around telling them about your world until the sun starts going supernova.
Chew on that for a while and see if you’re still so hot about making your final rest as a bunch of ashes in a coffee can. I hope Heather Mac Donald and the rest of the “secular right” folks enjoy this exciting use of my secular reason.