Monday, January 24, 2011

The theology of Calvin and Hobbes

"The Theology of Calvin and Hobbes," posted at First Things, directs our attention to the work on that subject by Richard Beck, who explains:
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. ....
I have yet to read either of his extended essays [well illustrated with cartoon strips] but if you find the titles interesting the contents are available here in their entirety:
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