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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Tyson's Christmas tweet: No big deal

Neil deGrasse Tyson    (NASA photo)
It seems as though certain corners of Christianity (sharp ones, no doubt) are all a twitter against astrophysicist Neil
deGrasse Tyson’s Christmas Day tweet.

If you’re one of the three people in the universe who hasn’t yet read the tweet, here ‘tis:  On this day long ago, a child was born who, by age 30, would transform the world.  Happy Birthday  Isaac Newton  b. Dec 25, 1642.

So what's so insulting about that?  Perhaps DeGrasse-Tyson was just flinging a bit of wit in the direction of those who could surely use some.  In other words, if (any) religion is so defensive that it can’t embrace a little highbrow humor, then how is it going to cope with life’s serious stuff?

Isaac Newton is an actual hero of DeGrasse-Tyson’s.  Whether Newton was born on December 25th (Julian calendar) or on January 4th (Gregorian calendar) is not the point.

The point might instead be that there is room for science in religion, for religion in science, and for humor in both.

Those who are reviling DeGrasse-Tyson for making an alleged birthdate “error,” might want to lighten up some.  Perhaps they could then learn to fly alongside the Christmas angels.


Copyright December 27, 2014 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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