Stories and the Moral Imagination

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This afternoon I talked with one of my favorite artists, Andrew Peterson, on the Albert Mohler Radio Program about telling stories to children and the moral imagination. I promised our listeners I would link to an exceptional article by my friend David Mills on the topic, and here it is.

Andrew is precisely right that the first step to forming a moral imagination is to turn off the television and put away the video games, and not just for your kids. He’s also right that “family devotions” ought to be normal, natural, “organic” parts of your family’s ongoing life, and they ought to be filled with stories. Too many Christians, I fear, are turning their children’s Bibles into sets of disconnected doctrinal propositions or moral principles. That’s not what the Bible is. Set it free!

You can listen to the program here. I have more to say about this, but I have to go now, and finish reading Jack the Giant Killer and 1 Samuel to some Moore boys.

We live in a fearful and cowardly time. The crisis we face is not a crisis of clarity but a crisis of courage.


About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Public Theologian at Christianity Today and Director of Christianity Today’s Public Theology Project.