Why We Need Parables and Fairy Tales

Why We Need Parables and Fairy Tales

There’s an important reason we need parables and fairy tales.

Spiritual maturity is not about leaving our imagination behind.

Spiritual maturity fosters creativity and imagination which builds on and informs our faith. Even great pastors create great illustrations and mental pictures to help us understand the bible. Great Christian teachers do the same. We dare not equate growing up with losing any aspect of our creativity and imagination. As a creative or an artist, it is essential that we see this connection between our faith and our imagination.

Like C.S. Lewis, we should,

“..put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown-up.”


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2 comments on “Why We Need Parables and Fairy Tales”

  1. Leonardo Ramirez Reply

    What a great reminder. I found myself just last week almost falling into the trap of explaining something to a producer. I explained things to a certain point but then he suspected that there were Biblical influences within the text, questioned it and expressed his concern (more like distaste) over it. I was totally fine to shut down the conversation and felt it was the right thing to do so this is a great confirmation of that.

    Separately, there is an ongoing conversation within the screenwriting community about how much more interesting dark characters and villains are. Those outnumber the opposing view by about 8 to 1. Interesting times we are in.

    • Joel Pelsue Reply


      You are right. No need to explain it all.

      That is interesting and frustrating about the fascination with dark characters. I think they forget that good characters still have flaws that create complexity.

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