Last school year I wrote a series of essays for an "online book" about The Theology of Peanuts. I had such fun with that project and so many of you enjoyed it that I thought I'd offer up this sequel, The Theology of Calvin and Hobbes.Later Beck writes:
.... Watterson has stated that he's never attended any church. And yet Watterson clearly has theological sensibilities. He has described some of his strips as "little sermons" and he uses the Christmas strips for "Calvin to wrestle with good and evil." Calvin's school teacher, Miss Wormwood was named after the character in C.S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters. Further, many strips themselves bring up theological questions:
And, finally, we can note the obvious: Watterson explicitly named his lead character after "a sixteenth-century theologian who believed in predestination."
And yet, it must be stated stated that Calvin and Hobbes does not present an overt and systematic theological worldview. Rather, Calvin and Hobbes is best read as posing theological questions rather than providing answers. ....