The educational theory of Godly Play is rooted in the pre-history of our species with respect to the use of ritual, story, and the creative process. Unfortunately, postmodern children are losing their ability to be active participants in narrative and ritual, which impairs their use of their own natural creativity (imago dei). The use of Montessori’s approach to education has been adapted to Godly Play in order to stimulate children’s active participation in story and ritual and to awaken their creativity for the learning of the language, sacred stories, parables, liturgical action and silence of the Christian tradition. This is the most appropriate kind of language to cope with the existential limits to our being and knowing.

The above combination of factors enables children (and adults) to become playfully orthodox. They become rooted in their own tradition and at the same time open to others, to new ideas and the future in creative ways.

Jerome W. Berryman, Senior Fellow

Jerome W. Berryman has spent close to forty years creating a methodology, constructed of pedagogy and supported by a theology, known the world over as Godly Play. He has written numerous articles and books. Discover more of the educational theory of Godly Play in Volume 1 of The Complete Guide to Godly Play and Teaching Godly Play.