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mct16
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#41 · Posted: 4 Oct 2016 18:24
Tintin first appeared in a newspaper edited by a Catholic priest. I doubt if you can get more Christian than that.
JJohannes
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#42 · Posted: 17 Oct 2017 18:26
It seems that especially the Americans expect some kind of a clear statement whether someone is a "Christian" or not. That's natural, as there are tens of thousands of independent churches in the U.S. and you usually have to actively join one of them, pay membership fees etc. if you want to practice religion.

But in the 20th century Europe, virtually everybody automatically belonged to a Christian church dominant in their country from their birth. Almost everyone in Belgium was Catholic, almost everyone in Sweden was Lutheran etc. People rarely left the Church if they weren't fervently atheistic. Evangelical groups were rare and small, and usually operated inside the "official" mainstream Church of their country. Even people who decided to convert to Buddhism, Islam or something like that rarely bothered to resign from the church officially. Only minority groups, who had their own religions in the first place, didn't belong to the National Church.

Not many people were "religious" in a way that they would have gone to church every Sunday, prayed intensively or read the Bible every day. Many people went to church once or twice a year, usually on Christmas. But every one of them was baptized, confirmed, wed and laid to rest in a Christian church, and of course also attended baptisms, confirmations, weddings and funerals of their friends and relatives.

So even though we don't actually see Tintin or his friends practising Christianity in the comics, it would require extraordinary reasons to assume that they wouldn't in fact still be members of the Catholic church and would not have Christian funerals, weddings etc. if these things became relevant to them.
Eivind
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#43 · Posted: 3 Dec 2017 11:31
Well, Tintin was first published in a youth supplement to Le Vingtième Siècle, a conservatve Catholic newspaper, so I would assume that Tintin would be a Christian, even though religion does not play any significant role in the comic.
Shivam302001
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#44 · Posted: 14 Dec 2017 15:21 · Edited by: Shivam302001
I have got an interesting fact:
In the black-and-white English-language facsimile-edition of The Cigars of the Pharaoh, during the Christian-Muslim conflict in Mecca,on page 50 third frame, Tintin says:
"Not the time to be a Christian!", showing that he is indeed a Christian.
So here is an answer by the person himself as to whether he is a Christian or not.
mct16
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#45 · Posted: 14 Dec 2017 23:25 · Edited by: mct16
In the original French, Tintin actually mutters:

"C'est moins que jamais le moment d'être reconnu comme 'roumi'!"
("This is no time to be recognized as a 'roumi'!")

"Roumi" is an Arabic term often used disparagingly for non-muslims. In this context it would be a reference to white Westerners. You may have noticed that Tintin wears make-up in order to darken his skin like the Arabs in the city.

When, following his rescue by the Thompsons, he collides with an Arab and flees the city, the Arab refers to him as a "Roumi" since Tintin's make-up has been removed.

Also, the conflict is between the people of Mecca and the Chammba tribe who are referred to as "infidels". I think that "infidels" could refer to Muslims who do not conform to the views of other Muslims, the conflict between the Shias and the Sunnis, for example, which is similar to the differences between Catholics and Protestants.

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