For an agnostic, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has a lot to say about Jesus.
Tyson, who is widely claimed by atheists as one of their own, always calls himself an agnostic. But the other day, he took it upon himself to teach us who Jesus would vote for on twitter. Because, you know, if you're looking for theological accuracy you should be on Twitter. Id' bet it likely was right in line with who Tyson would vote for.
Now, of course, he doesn't say who he's vote for because he's an astrophysicist and therefore above such mundane concerns. In much the same way, he refuses to be called an atheist because he says he's only one kind of "ist" and that's a scientist. You see, he's above the things that most people concern themselves with. He's Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist. HE HAD A SPECIAL ON FOX FOR GOODNESS SAKES!!!!!!!
Who would Jesus vote for? To him walls, wealth, & torture are non-starters, so probably the Jewish New Yorker from Vermont.— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) March 1, 2016
It's always nice when agnostics claim to know what Jesus would do. Oh, but this isn't Tyson's first foray into the world of precious theological bon mots. Remember this tweet:
“‘Some claim the USA is a Christian nation, compelling me to wonder which assault rifle Jesus would choose: the AR-15 or AK-47.'”
Or this old favorite:
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— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) December 25, 2014
Of course, he pretended to be shocked that some Christians were offended by that tweet. What? How could anyone be possibly be offended by recognizing Newton's birthday, he preciously responded. I love that, when people aim to offend and then raise their hands in feigned innocence as a way of making those offended seem imbalanced, which is just another way of doubling down on the insult.
Y'know what though. I'm going to take all these mentions of Jesus as the working of grace on Tyson. He's said many times that he sees no evidence in a benevolent Creator. But maybe all this talk of Jesus, even in his dismissive way, is the very subtle beginning of him working his way towards Christ.
Pray for him.
HT The Blaze