“Nudity & Christianity,” his 596-page compendium of scripture citations and selectively-chosen observations by the likes of Pope John Paul II, C.S. Lewis and Kahlil Gibran, promotes a world view sacrilegious to some but perfectly natural to Cunningham.
Contrary to popular opinion, nude is not lewd, he insists.
“There's lot of references in the Bible to being naked. In the early church, all Christians were baptized naked — men, women and children. It wasn't an issue.
“My point is that the church, instead of changing the world, has let the world change it. It's accepted (Hustler publisher) Larry Flynt's definition of the body, instead of the Bible's. If the body is just lust bait, then modesty is making sure it's always covered.
Curator's note: this book is in the queue for clothes free readers book club review