A Charlie Brown Religion

by Stephen J. Lind

Charlie brown religion

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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 Previously unpublished writings from Schulz will move fans as they begin to see the nuances of the humorist's own complex, intense journey toward understanding God and faith.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 the Author

Stephen J. Lind

Stephen was born and raised in Michigan's Lower Peninsula - right in the middle of the mitten, in a little town called Hope. He grew up in a loving family, playing in the back yard, riding his bike down the dirt road to buy candy, and watching cartoons on Saturday mornings.

His family was always active - his father worked in the financial industry through his own insurance agency, and his mom worked as a paralegal in one of the nearby town's top real estate law offices. The Lind family was always active in their local church, Stephen serving as the pianist from the young age of 12. His faith remains a key part of who he is today.

Early in his life, Stephen was blessed with a number of opportunities to travel - with his father on business trips, on many family vacations across the country, and to Germany as a high school exchange student. When he ventured off to college in Lynchburg, Virginia, he continued to travel regularly with Liberty University's competitive debate team where he won many awards. Stephen was taught by presidential debate coach Brett O'Donnell, and in his junior year, he and his debate partner were finalists at the American Debate Association's national varsity championship.

Earning a master's degree at the University of Illinois and a doctorate at Clemson University, Stephen has been able to draw on these interests to provide insights and enjoyment as he researches. He speaks regularly at national conferences and travels to conduct interviews and archival searches. He continues to make time, though, to spend quality time outdoors at an amusement park or cultural event, balancing out most days with some quality time in front of the television.

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