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The Parables of Peanuts

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  158 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
First published in 1968, this contemporary case for vigorous Christian faith -- profusely illustrated by Charles Schulz's delightful peanuts cartoon strips -- sheds more light on the Christian faith and how it is to be lived than many more "serious" theological works, with hundreds of cartoons featuring your favorite peanuts characters Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, And of co ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 19th 2002 by HarperOne (first published 1968)
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Nov 16, 2010 Efox rated it liked it
Shelves: faith
Don't let the cover fool you; this book is very heavy. Robert L. Short dives in to Peanuts throug the lens of Barth, Bonhoeffer, Kierkegaard, Luther, and of course, Schultz. I have been reading this book as my metro book for the past couple of months and it has been both amazing and devotional and a total confusion nightmare at the same time.

Throughout the book Short makes the case for a vigorous Christian life and uses the works of a great many theologians to make his points and then uses the
Maria Noel
Excellent...Charles Schultz is a mastermind and at peace with his spirituality-in a humorous and abstract kind of way..
May 19, 2011 Chris rated it liked it
Fact: You can't go too far wrong with a book whose core is Peanuts cartoons.

Short's theology is drawn from incredibly strong sources. He quotes Bonhoeffer and Karl Barth constantly, along with and in light of Kierkegaard and Dostoevsky and French existentialists. As a backdrop for Schulz, it's exactly right, even period-appropriate. Why, then, did the value added feel so minimal? Couldn't tell you. If anything, it felt to me like Short was trying too hard. The comics speak for themselves plenty
Nov 23, 2012 John rated it really liked it
I read Robert L. Short's companion to this book, "The Gospel According to Peanuts" as a kid some time around my Confirmation. I remember it being a pretty accessible read. Either I was way smarter then or "The Parables of Peanuts" dives deeper into theology than "Gospel" did. This is not an entry-level book on Christianity, (the Gospel of John is suited perfectly to that task!)
In spite of the familiarity and friendliness of the Peanuts cartoons, this book is pretty deep. Rev. Short quotes a lot
Ted Mallory
Dec 20, 2013 Ted Mallory rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faith, cartooning
Re-reading this again. First time was around 8th grade. Totally catching things that I never got as a teen or in college. Makes sense now that I've always leaned toward existentialist theology & philosophy. This book must have been my gateway-drug.

I appreciate Short & his take on Schultz so much more now in middle age. Maybe I never got far as either a cartoonist or writer is that I've always been too blunt & direct. Short's whole point is how Shultz, like Jesus used parables (metaph
Tommy Grooms
May 14, 2014 Tommy Grooms rated it it was amazing
This is a book that makes perennial theological ideas and conundrums (with available answers, if any) as accessible as it is to open the Sunday funnies. I don't know if I agree with every conclusion, but the author certainly makes a strong case in every regard. This is an immensely enjoyable read that will serve to challenge and edify the character of your faith; I can't ask more from a book that teaches theology, especially with the Peanuts gang in tow.
Renee Yesso
Feb 12, 2011 Renee Yesso rated it really liked it
I love Peanuts and seeing the deep and theological implications of Schulz's cartoon. The book is made up of many quotes and has some sense of being an academic paper at points.
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Apr 05, 2008 Whoisjobe Pas Moi? rated it really liked it
i learned much about the state of man from a Christian perspective....and how Charles Schulz conveyed the Gospel through his loveable, sometimes miserable characters.
Jan 24, 2015 Tina rated it did not like it
I bought this book on-line. I'll be more careful before doing that again. I thought this was going to be "Funny, warm, and just plain wonderful" as the cover stated. It was serious and deep with small print (and theology I do not entirely agree with). I thought this was a light-hearted book of Schulz cartoons with a bit of editorial. It was not. If I had thumbed through it at a brick and mortar I would not have bought it.
Feb 04, 2015 Art rated it really liked it
Recommended to Art by: Grafton Carnegie Library, ND
Good Ole Charlie Brown!
A look at the various topics of life that Charles Schultz used in His peanuts cartoons.
Would make a great discussion book/topics and/or Devotional to those wanting to laugh, cry and go, "Humm!"
Apr 08, 2010 Georgia rated it did not like it
Didn't finish it. When I got to the part where Short says everyone gets to go to heaven regardless of actually having a relationship with God or not, I stopped reading. Preposterous. At least the comics are funny.
Jul 25, 2010 Alexis rated it really liked it
One of my good friend's father is the author of this book so I borrowed a copy to read. Its a very interesting way of looking at the famous Peanuts cartoon.
Andy Mitchell
I wanted to love this book. The author is clearly a Myers-Briggs NF, like me, so he speaks my language. But the final several chapters felt tedious.
Jul 25, 2008 Samuel rated it really liked it
Very nice, but be prepared for very dry parts where u'll need to think and try to understand things
Jun 21, 2007 Meepok rated it it was amazing
so far really insightful. good observations, but need to get past the referencing. loving it.
Mar 31, 2010 Karla rated it really liked it
I did not agree with the author's theology but still found the book captivating.
Mar 12, 2011 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this many years ago, an excellent starter for spirituality, in it's time
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