The greatness of A Charlie Brown Christmas

“There must be something wrong with me,” Charlie Brown tells Linus near the beginning of the Peanuts Christmas special. This assumption, that the key to the universe lies somewhere in our own feelings of discontent, is in some sense a characteristically modern one. But this does not make it false.

“Men of other generations,” Fulton Sheen wrote, “went to God from the order in the universe; the modern man goes to God through the disorder in himself.” It is with an interrogation of the “invisible frustrations, complexes, and anxieties of his own personality” that our hero begins the greatest popular work of post-war American religious art.


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