C.S. Lewis and the Role of Imagination in Making Meaning


When I was a kid, I’d always say to my parents, “If there’s a Mother’s Day and a Father’s Day, why isn’t there a children’s day?” Their reply, which I didn’t care for, was the same reply I told my kids thirty years later: “It’s because every day is children’s day.”

To the parent who juggles too much this is true, and yet in our culture, perhaps we need a children’s day to help remind us of the importance of the imagination and of play.

Luckily some people are trying to do something about this, and are trying to make the second Sunday in June as National Children’s Day.

In celebration of what could become National Children’s Day, and also of the 1-year anniversary of my book Think Like a Five Year Old, enjoy a segment of this documentary on C.S. Lewis, which focuses on the importance of the imagination in understanding the gospel of Jesus Christ.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=YHCztUy3kGU%3Fstart%3D503%26end%3D848%26version%3D3

Lewis and Tolkien realized that the imagination is the means by which we are wired with the truth. And the imagination is not in conflict with reason. In fact, if the imagination leads us in an irrational direction to an ultimately irrational area, it is a failure of the imagination as well as a failure of reason.Joseph Pearce

 

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Len Wilson

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Christ follower. Storyteller. Strategist. Writer. Creative Director at St Andrew. Tickle monster. Author, Think Like a Five Year Old (Abingdon).