Our current collection is nice and organized. It no longer looks like Gandalf’s dusty library. No more double-lined shelves. No more stacks of books along the walls.

There’s something about the new year that makes me want to declutter. I mentioned in a previous blog post that I’m throwing away my journals (a few pages at a time). In addition, Tim and I got rid of half of our books.

Now we can actually find what we’re looking for. They’re all in alphabetical order by the author’s last name.

Consequently, this year blog readers can expect to see more quotes and book reviews.

I also found And the Beagles and the Bunnies Shall Lie Down Together: The Theology in PEANUTS by Charles M. Schulz. It’s lighthearted and funny, but also kind of deep, in light of the recent blog post, A Charlie Brown Christmas: Good Grief! Christian Universalism Still Slips Under the Evangelical Radar.

Take this cartoon on the back cover, for instance. Most of the book is just like that. Cute. Heavy. All at once.

Peanuts Theology

And the Beagles and the Bunnies Shall Lie Down Together: The Theology in PEANUTS by Charles M. Schulz

Charlie Brown: I hear you’re writing a book on theology. I hope you have a good title.

Snoopy: I have the perfect title… “Has It Ever Occurred to You That You Might Be Wrong?”

I’m looking forward to rediscovering more of our library — old favorites and a ton of books I haven’t read yet.

What are some of your favorite books?

  • Mary Vanderplas January 7, 2015 at 5:24 am

    Your library looks good. I’m sure it’s nice to be able to put your hands on what you’re looking for without having to search endlessly.

    My list of favorite classics would include: The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment, Huckleberry Finn, The Caine Mutiny, Animal Farm. I also like Silence, The Diary of a Country Priest, and The Country Parson and the Temple. I like Gilead and The Invention of Wings. I like anything written by Walter Brueggemann, Barbara Brown Taylor, and Frederick Buechner.

    I like the PEANUTS book and the cartoon you picture. The cartoon is a good reminder to approach the task of theology with humility.

  • Lanny A. Eichert January 7, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Alice, you might find this interesting because this person in his ministry here in Utah among the Mormons believes much the same as you do and I’ve challenged him also. You may see for yourself he can’t offer sufficient answers to support his claims either.

    Heart of the Matter with Shawn McCraney or Live at 8:00 PMMT Tuesday nights

    Near midnight January 02, 2015 since I hadn’t watched HOTM since the end of April I went on site and caught his last two programs for the 2014 year and responded to them by these emails to Shawn and his responses.

    #1) I first wrote:

    Does any unholy man still in his sins need help or Gospel preaching to get saved in the lake of fire? If so, who are his helpers and preachers and from where do they come? Is it the same Gospel and salvation we are now receiving?

    Who are the individual persons in the Bible* who stated they had a sure hope of a particular adult personal friend or enemy being saved from their sins post-mortem?

    *You see, the Bible records 4,000 years of human history and there should be many people in it who have this hope you proclaim.

    Are your answers just speculation or do you have actual unquestionable Biblical proof?

    Lanny in Spanish Fork, Utah.

    #2) Shawn’s 1st reply:


    There are many things that are not specifically mentioned in the Bible that we, by taking the general Bible messages, can have a fairly good grasp on. The fact that the Bible says God is love tells us a lot doesn’t it? The Bible never mentions anything about the destination of infants that die but we can pretty much assume from the fact that God is love and that God is merciful and that God is just that such would enter heaven, right? Is doesn’t say this, but we can make some fairly astute assumptions from other things that it DOES say, right?

    So there’s the first thing.

    Secondly, we have no idea if preaching needs to be done to disembodied spirits in hell. Maybe that is one of the disadvantages of going to hell or the lake of fire in the first place? Maybe that’s why it takes time to come out – there is no preaching there. The Bible message is to the living so to suggest the same rules apply to the dead that the Bible applies to the living is conjecture.

    In terms of biblical people asking that their friends or relatives are saved post-mortem we know Jesus went to the Spirits in prison (post mortem) while His body lay in the tomb. We also know that David trusted that God would NOT leave him in hell.

    Finally, if you want to believe that punishment is forever at the hands of a loving God who knew all things before creating them have at it. You may be right. But in my opinion you have to IGNORE a lot of very strong biblical evidence (which you appear to seek) to embrace such a thing.


    #3) I wrote second in response to his above:


    Please re-read your answers to my questions and see how vague they are.

    You especially did NOT answer:
    Who are the individual persons in the Bible* who stated they had a sure hope of a particular adult personal friend or enemy being saved from their sins post-mortem?
    *You see, the Bible records 4,000 years of human history and there should be many people in it who have this hope you proclaim.

    Can’t you find even one saintly person in the Bible who believed his adult friend or enemy would certainly get saved post-mortem?
    In 1 Peter 3: 18 – 20 does Jesus or Peter claim they got post-mortem saved?
    David trusted that God would not leave WHO in hell? David or Christ? Wasn’t David already saved and Jesus needed no saving?

    Aren’t you pressuring me to be persuaded on the basis of God’s love and omniscience while ignoring your lack of concrete answers?

    Lanny in Spanish Fork, Utah

    #4) Shawn replied to my above response:

    I am confident and stand by the answers I gave you. Because people can ask questions that are tough to answer does not make their questions valid or even pertinent. The 4000 year query is irrelevant and bears a presupposition you think is really wise. John said all the books of the world couldnt contain all that jesus did. The bible is not exhaustive lanny. But between the covers we can create some fairly sound assumptions. AGAIN . . . BELIEVE WHAT YOU WANT. because the bible does not speak of extra terrestrials does this mean they dont exist?

    #5) I returned this reply to his above:


    For 4,000 years many saints in the Biblical record have expressed great confidence in the power of the Gospel to save their friends and enemies, even recording their salvations and faithful service, yet you would not count that irrelevant to the power of the Gospel to save mortals. The Biblical record labels them as examples to be followed by those who came after them. You know the Mormon fallacy of their baptism for the dead, yet the Biblical reason for baptism for the dead is the consecrational testimony of the replacements for martyred saints. The Gospel has greater power to save because it is “fleshed out” in real human examples in the Bible. You do not appear to be able to supply such evidence for the disembodied souls punished in hell and the lake of fire; and WORSE yet, you wrote there is no preaching there. How do you EXPECT them to get saved without additional information, admonition, and examples; especially if they have never encountered the Gospel during their mortal life, which is true of the majority? You made an amazing statement when you wrote: “The Bible message is to the living” by which you seem to suggest the post-mortem unbeliever gets a different message from a different source. All your answers are “maybe” answers built upon astute assumptions you, a human, make. My understanding of faith is trusting the written words of the Holy Bible instead of human assumptions. Was this ever your persuasion and have you moved from it?

    You asked me about extra terrestrials and my answer is to stick with 2 Peter 1: 3
    According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue
    We don’t need to answer that question because it is irrelevant to living the Christian life. The question of what happens to an unbeliever after physical death does impact living the Christian life. I hope you do realize that for the last six thousand years of human history less than ten percent of the world’s population have even claimed faith in the only true God and less than that had true faith by which to live it. Therefore the hope that you proclaim has majored in post-mortem salvation during those six thousand years and minored in the salvation of mortal lives. I do expect that to change in the final thousand years when Jesus reigns on His literal throne in Jerusalem over the whole world, yet even then, there will be rebel deaths and a final human rebellion led by Satan when he is loosed.

    Lanny in Spanish Fork, Utah

    • Lanny A. Eichert January 9, 2015 at 1:23 am

      Alice, faith is trusting the written words of the Holy Bible instead of human assumptions. That IS the bottom line. All else is human assumptions. That’s why it is necessary for God to preserve His Holy Bible perfectly throughout each and every one of the centuries. God’s saints must know they can trust the spelling of each and every one of God’s words He has given them. That’s the only way for them to know they can trust their God. The Holy Bible is that unique among the books of the world. It is the only supernatural book in the entire creation; and we can touch it.

      You don’t know what you are missing. {Matthew 4: 4} One of the church classes I attend is a study of theology which includes the development of the Holy Bible. I am in favor of the dictation theory of 2 Timothy 3: 16.

  • Lanny A. Eichert January 11, 2015 at 11:41 am

    But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. {Galatians 3: 22}

    The promise of salvation is given by God ONLY to mortals who believe and nobody else. Faith now is required to be saved.

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