Did you know that there is a Theology of Play? Just ask Jürgen Moltmann.
Now – closer to our times, there is a very important volume on this topic published recently by evangelical Christians. It is called The Image of God in the Human Body: Essays on Christianity and Sports and you can have it for a mere $149.95 [though it seems to be out of stock on Amazon].
If you play with that kind of money, buy yourself one and then grab an extra copy and send it to me! 🙂
If you don’t play with that kind of money, you can start with this article by Erik Thoennes from Biola University. Or you may want to listen to the Theology Refresh podcast from Desiring God.
As a ‘player’ [I play soccer almost weekly and I used to play many sports in my youth :)] I am very much interested in this subject and I plan to read some more. I hope these readings will help me have a healthy/biblical view about this important topic.
I do know that God made Leviathan “to play [some translations ‘sport’] with,” but other than that I have my doubts about play in a Christian context. What bothers me the most is that Jesus seems to have never played, at least in his last three years of life. I can see, however, how this is a very special case.
But, did the disciples play? Did my ‘heroes,’ the Puritans, play? Hmm…I don’t see much play there either!?
I will have to ponder more on this. Meanwhile, these resources should help to get us started. If play is a big part of your life [well, it should not be a BIG part of anyone’s life; I am pretty sure about that] you will benefit if you have a clearer biblical/theological understanding of this.
Now I have to get back to work, lest my friends and family think that all I do is play! 🙂
P.S. I haven’t written much on this blog for quite some time. Can you guess why? Yes, you are right, no time for play! 😦
P.S. 2. If you are one of our students taking Intensive Greek right now, please get back to your studies! I am pretty sure there is no time for you to play! Unless, of course, Greek is child’s play for you!? 🙂