Editors’ note: 

Check out Polly and the Screen Time Overload (TGC/Crossway, April 2022) by Betsy Childs Howard.

How might bedtime stories be forming your kids?

Every society has concepts of right and wrong which create moral ecosystems that pass down values from generation to generation. As described by Tim Keller, moral ecosystems display four distinct characteristics: moral cosmology (who we are and why we are here), moral instruction in some authoritative text, moral imagination (the stories we tell), and cohesive community made up of moral discourse, moral modeling, and moral practices.

In her talk from TGCW21, Betsy Childs Howard addresses each of these characteristics from both historical and practical viewpoints with a particular focus on moral imagination—how the stories we tell shape our children.