Kresta in the Afternoon – December 27, 2016 – Hour 2

  • Description: It’s that time of year again...time for us to Count Down the best interviews of the last 12 months. Our list covers a wide range of topics from Testimony to the Year of Mercy to the year’s biggest news stories. Did your favorite interview make our list? There’s only one way to find out!

+  #14: Reading Lord of the Rings in a Time of Terror

  • Description: Tolkien's classic Lord of the Rings trilogy will go down as one of the most timeless fantasy stories ever written and has already delighted generations of readers. But it has a special meaning for this unique time in history. How should we read the Lord of the Rings in this time of terror? We'll talk with Ralph Wood.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Ralph Wood
      Ralph is a professor of Theology and Literature at Baylor University. He's the author of several books including "The Gospel According to Tolkien: Visions of the Kingdom in Middle Earth."

+  #13: A Charlie Brown Religion (2 segments)

  • Description: Charles Schutlz’s Peanuts comic strip forever changed the industry. The endearing and witty remarks brought to life by Charlie Brown, Linus, Snoopy, Lucy and their friends have caused newspaper readers and television viewers to laugh, sigh, gasp and ponder for more than half a century. Religion played a significant role in the strip. We’ll look at the faith of Charles Schultz with Stephen Lind.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Stephen Lind
      Stephen is an assistant professor of business communication at Washington and Lee University. He holds a PhD in Rhetorics, Communication and Information Design from Clemson University. His work has appeared in scholarly journals such as Journal of Religion and Popular Culture and the Journal of Communication and Religion. Visit him at
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    • A Charlie Brown Religion: Exploring the Spiritual Life and Work of Charles M. Schulz

      Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip franchise, the most successful of all time, forever changed the industry. For more than half a century, the endearing, witty insights brought to life by Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, and Lucy have caused newspaper readers and television viewers across the globe to laugh, sigh, gasp, and ponder. A Charlie Brown Religion explores one of the most provocative topics Schulz broached in his heartwarming work―religion. Based on new archival research and original interviews with Schulz’s family, friends, and colleagues, author Stephen J. Lind offers a new spiritual biography of the life and work of the great comic strip artist. In his lifetime, aficionados and detractors both labeled Schulz as a fundamentalist Christian or as an atheist. Yet his deeply personal views on faith have eluded journalists and biographers for decades. Previously unpublished writings from Schulz will move fans as they begin to see the nuances of the humorist’s own complex, intense journey toward understanding God and faith. “There are three things that I’ve learned never to discuss with people,” Linus says, “Religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.” Yet with the support of religious communities, Schulz bravely defied convention and dared to express spiritual thought in the “funny pages,” a secular, mainstream entertainment medium. This insightful, thorough study of the 17,897 Peanuts newspaper strips, seventy-five animated titles, and global merchandising empire will delight and intrigue as Schulz considers what it means to believe, what it means to doubt, and what it means to share faith with the world. (learn more)

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