It is important for the purposes of this blog to appreciate the different forms that play can take. It is not simply the child constructing castles with her lego nor is it only when I sit down in front of my PS2 for a session of SSX on Tour before I go out to a nightclub with my mates. Though those are both forms of play they are not the only aspects of play.
Brian Sutton-Smith defines 7 types of play.
The Ancient rhetorics – play as Fate, Power, Communal Identity, and Frivolity
and the Modern rhetorics – play as Progress, the Imaginary, and the Self.
So this discussion of what play means for Christian spirituality may range from liturgy (Communal Identity) to office politics (progress and power) and from XBox (imaginary and frivolity) to celebrity (self, fate and power).