The Theology of Play

In recent blog post on United Bible Societies site Bavarian pastor and web developer Miklós Geyer states: “The greatest market for apps is the world of games. The great challenge will be to find ways to bring the Word of God to people in a playful way. People like to play. Why not use gamification for the Word of God? Bible verses are of course not always playful, but people’s hearts could be opened in a game-like and attractive way.”

Following on from the last post on Digital Engagement and Ethnogamification, it’s good to know that others are thinking along similar lines and it’s good to know that serious theologians have Theology of Play, Moltmannlooked at things like “play”, “fun”, and “games” and decided that they are not necessarily bad. In fact some may even go as far as suggesting God came up with such concepts!

In a world where there is so much suffering it might be true that many people play too much, but some of us don’t play enough.

According to the list of quotes on Goodreads,for Jurgen Moltman he once said, “God weeps with us so that we may one day laugh with him.”

I’m looking forward to reading more from Moltmann’s “Theology of Play” where he states,

“Our social and political tasks, if we take them seriously, loom larger than life. Yet infinite responsibility destroys a human being because he is only a man and not god.” ~ p.23”
Jürgen Moltmann, Theology of Play

The content of this blog is largely written for people who are serious about God and serious about helping others engage with Him. He is a serious God, but he invented joy, laughter, community, and all the chemicals that get released in your brain when you are having fun.

Like everything else play has been distorted and misused throughout the ages but stop for a while and think about the last time you heard (or preached) a sermon about the importance of playing games. Leave a comment if you have ideas or would like some further ideas for one.

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