THE PARABLES OF PEANUTS by Robert L. Short

THE PARABLES OF PEANUTS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Seminarian Robert Short found Charles Schultz ""no mean theologian"" and his Gospel According to Peanuts sold like Peanuts on the paperback market. The emphasis here in pictures and paraphrasing is on the basic tenets of Christianity in a rather spunky interpretation at times with liberal quotes from everyone from Christ to Kierkegaard. As for Mr. Short's reasoning, it goes something like this...""You're nobody till somebody loves you"" which poses a problem. ""For if all of us remain nobodies 'till somebody loves us, how then can there ever come to be a 'somebody' in the first place."" I.c., ""It proclaims 'the God who makes the dead live and summons things that are not yet in existence as if they already were' (Rom. 4:17)"" and unless you recognize that somebody who is God ""we will hang on all the more desperately to our shaky little securities, concluding that the whole world has been programmed in a lousy way and is only one large, sour grape anyway."" Even Linus would understand and approve Mr. Short's popular parables which range from religious sophistication to charming oversimplification.

Pub Date: Nov. 20th, 1968
Publisher: Harper & Row