The Gospel According to Peanuts

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In 1965, a 28 year-old pastor named Robert Short turned a popular slide show he’d been presenting while working his way through seminary into a book called The Gospel According to Peanuts using Schulz’s characters to explain the Christian faith. He explained that Lucy, in her headstrong impulsiveness, often represents original sin. In the Hound of Heaven chapter, Short shows how Schulz used Snoopy to stand for Christ or ideal Christians. A small Presbyterian publishing house (John Knox) published it in hopes of inspiring some Sunday-school teachers to think outside the box, and, behold, their wish was fulfilled. Over 10 million copies were sold. Thirty-five years later the publisher has issued an anniversary edition….Short demonstrates a broad and deep grasp of Scripture, theology, and popular culture, all without any of the personal narrative that dominate today’s religious bestsellers. After reading Short’s Gospel, I know less about him than I do about my insurance agent. His only narrative is the gospel: original sin, the wages of sin are death, sin makes us aware of our need for redemption, salvation is entirely a work of grace motivated by divine love. —From Beliefnet

About the Author

Robert L. Short is perhaps best known for his first book, The Gospel according to Peanuts, which was lauded by The New York Times Book Review as “a ‘perilous experiment’ that comes off and earned the “admiration and respect of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he regularly traveled and preached throughout the country, presenting programs in Christian faith and the arts at churches and colleges. His other books include Something to Believe In, The Gospel According to Dogs, and The Parables of Dr. Seuss.

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Additional information

Dimensions 5.5 × 0.32 × 8.5 cm
Publisher ‏

‎ Westminster John Knox Press; Reissue edition (January 1, 2000)

Language ‏

‎ English

Paperback ‏

‎ 130 pages

ISBN-10 ‏

‎ 0664222226

ISBN-13 ‏

‎ 978-0664222222

Reading age ‏

‎ 12 – 17 years

Grade level ‏

‎ 7 – 12

Item Weight ‏

‎ 7.4 ounces

Dimensions ‏

‎ 5.5 x 0.32 x 8.5 inches

10 reviews for The Gospel According to Peanuts

  1. Janet Chandler

    Whether you are a “Peanuts” comic strip fan or someone who believes in the Gospel “The Gospel According To Peanuts” is a very interesting and thought provoking book to read. Written by Robert Short a Presbyterian minister way back in 1965 he uses classic strips from the beloved comic strip to help show the meanings behind the stories in the Gospels. He even shows that every character in the strip from Charlie Brown to Lucy to the most famous beagle of all time can be used to represent major people from biblical times. Lucy for example represents original sin while Snoopy can be used to represent Christ or at least the perfect Christian.As I understand it Short wrote this book in mind to use in bible studies to help people understand the Bible better. I bought this 35th anniversary edition for a family member who preaches occasionally through her church to those in nursing homes to help her come up with ideas from the book to help her ministry. But really even for those individuals who are not religious or don’t believe in a God can read this book and still come away after reading this with a positive attitude to live a better life and possibly a peaceful one. Regardless what your religious beliefs are isn’t living a peaceful life what we all want? I recommend this book to anyone.

  2. Elizabeth

    I didn’t think I’d like it it, but recommended by a friend. Great book, gives you tons to think about long after you finish it!

  3. Andrew Wyllie

    This book is a view of Christianity and Christians as compared with the wonderful characters of Charles Schultz famous cartoons. Robert Short uses various Peanuts strips to illustrate the similarity with the lessons of the Gospels and Leters of the New Testment and the message from the strips.Using the Peanuts characters has allowed the author to update the messages of the New Testament so that a modern person can relate better to the circumstances described. Each of the chapters focuses on a message from the New Testament and then uses the various situations in the strips to back up the discussion.I decided to read this book after several readings of a very dog-eared copy of “Parables of Peanuts” that I have had since my childhood. The message in Gospel is a lighter read, but no less entertaining and enlighting. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a new way to look at the Gospels and/or someone who loves Peanuts (like I do) and wants a new way to look at them.

  4. Sahara Rose

    This book was better than I had expected. I have read some of his other works, I thank you kindly, typing is hard, so please forgive my brief reviw. I believe all Christians could benefit from this book, it is an easy read, with many helpful not, not complicated.

  5. Robert C. Felts

    I read this book when it first came out. I loved it then and ordered this copy for my son and his family. It’s a Great Bible Study Book, and I’ve recommended we study it in our Bible Study Group. It’s a privilege to pass it on to another generation. Again, thanks so much. Sincerely, Sally Felts

  6. JCW

    Another one by Short that is a bit deep and hard to follow but I’d still recommend it for the bits of wisdom that can still be found in it.

  7. Brian Michael Kline

    I was recommended to buy this book and after I borrowed it from a friend, I decided to purchase this copy for my parents who have always loved Charles M Shultz & the Peanuts gang. I am looking forward to talking to them about this over dinner. Thank you for helping me find this for them!

  8. Alexander Ramsey

    An interesting book. Seems like the author may read into some of the comic strips too much, but a nice perspective.

  9. Mrs. Danielle F. Kaye

    Great cartoons, rather presumptuous and patronising assumptions.
    I bought this book, mistaking it for another one called “The Philosophy of Peanuts”, which I’d read in the 1970s and am desperate to find again because it was so VERY good. This book is firmly Christian in its perspective, taking it for granted that the Christian religion is the ‘Truth’ with a capital T. For that reason I find it rather hamfisted in its assumptions of rightness and accuracy. But it has some good moments, and of course the cartoons with which it is liberally sprinkled are a joy.

  10. Oldtimer

    Five Stars
    Book was in good condition

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