How Charles Schulz Saved…

A Charlie Brown Christmas. Schulz’ story is a sad one in many ways, as the piece describes. One hopes he made it in the end. He was a mainstream Protestant who was, I think, as deeply unprepared for the upheavals of his time as most mainstream Protestants and Catholics were, only he had very little sacramental grace or Church teaching to draw on to get through the storm: just him and his Bible. May God have mercy on such harrassed and lonely sheep.

Oh, and by the way, be it noted that when Schulz packed his daughter off to have an abortion, the normative opinion, even among what would later be called “conservative Evangelicals” was that opposition to abortion was one of those stupid Catholic things, like opposition to contraception. What turned the tide was a) the work of Francis Schaeffer and b) the candidacy of Ronald Reagan. From 1973 to the late 70s, Catholics were pretty much alone in the prolife fight. So Schulz was doing what the overwhelming majority of “Bible believing Christians” told him was perfectly fine in 1968.

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