I love the theology of Calvin . . . and Hobbes! Watterson deals with some of the most critical issues facing us in life — through his cartoon characters. As a recluse, Watterson retired in 1995 and has avoided interviews. I wonder where he got the theological ideas for his strip.
Years ago I fantasized about being given permission to go over all the complete collection of Calvin & Hobbes’ cartoons to organize them in theological categories. That’s not going to happen, of course.
But this blog allows me to publish his best cartoons — and to comment theologically on them. The cartoon in this post certainly highlights ANTHROPOLOGY. Being human does not mean being mean and greedy and evil. Being a fallen human does involve sinful behaviors and thoughts.
Blaise Pascal emphasized both truths about man in his theology: man’s glory (made in the image of God and highly esteemed by Him — Ps. 8) and man’s fallenness (man has become the scum of the universe, Pascal says). Thankfully, redemption is available for all who come to Christ. I don’t think Watterson has understood that fact.