Stories and the Moral Imagination
Russell Moore is President of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. He formerly served as Dean of the School of Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and executive director of the Carl F. H. Henry Institute for Evangelical Engagement. Dr. Moore is the author of The Kingdom of Christ: The New Evangelical Perspective (Crossway, 2004) and Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches (Crossway, May 2009).
- 2009 Aug 03
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.