A Charlie Brown Religion by Stephen J. Lind
Exploring the Spiritual Life and Work of Charles M. Schulz (Great Comics Artists Series)

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Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts comic strip franchise, the most successful of all time, forever changed the industry. For more than half a century, the endearing, witty insights brought to life by Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, and Lucy have caused newspaper readers and television viewers across the globe to laugh, sigh, gasp, and ponder. A Charlie Brown Religion explores one of the most provocative topics Schulz broached in his heartwarming work--religion.

Based on new archival research and original interviews with Schulz's family, friends, and colleagues, author Stephen J. Lind offers a new spiritual biography of the life and work of the great comic strip artist. In his lifetime, aficionados and detractors both labeled Schulz as a fundamentalist Christian or as an atheist. Yet his deeply personal views on faith have eluded journalists and biographers for decades. Previously unpublished writings from Schulz will move fans as they begin to see the nuances of the humorist's own complex, intense journey toward understanding God and faith.

"There are three things that I've learned never to discuss with people," Linus says, "Religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin." Yet with the support of religious communities, Schulz bravely defied convention and dared to express spiritual thought in the "funny pages," a secular, mainstream entertainment medium. This insightful, thorough study of the 17,897 Peanuts newspaper strips, seventy-five animated titles, and global merchandising empire will delight and intrigue as Schulz considers what it means to believe, what it means to doubt, and what it means to share faith with the world.

 

About Stephen J. Lind

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Stephen J. Lind, Lexington, Virginia, is a member of the business administration faculty at Washington and Lee University where he teaches and leads in the commerce school's modern professional communication initiative. His work has appeared in scholarly journals including the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture and the Journal of Communication and Religion
 
Published November 4, 2015 by University Press of Mississippi. 316 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Comics & Graphic Novels, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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“He was fully committed to his spiritual beliefs, having developed what others in the church might describe as a ‘personal relationship’ with God through his faith in Christ, but Schulz had not yet developed his own personal spiritual voice.

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“He was fully committed to his spiritual beliefs, having developed what others in the church might describe as a ‘personal relationship’ with God through his faith in Christ, but Schulz had not yet developed his own personal spiritual voice.

Nov 19 2015 | Read Full Review of A Charlie Brown Religion: Exp...
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