Seeing the World for What It Could Be: Playfulness and Christian Culture Care

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When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.
—C.S. Lewis, “On Three Ways of Writing for Children”

What does Lewis mean when he rebukes the fear of childishness? Is there really something wonderful in the childlike state that should remain as we mature, but that people seem to hide from because they want to look “grown up?” Unfortunately there is.

Lewis is tapping into a lost and crucial element of the human experience and Christian culture care—Play. This ever-present, but little discussed activity, along with its associated character trait of playfulness, is foundational to the human experience. In this article, we don’t have the space to dive into the sociological and philosophical principles behind play. Instead, let’s initiate a conversation about this topic by discussing two points of the Christian experience that would benefit from future investigations into play. …Read More.