Christian ‘naturism’ advocate appointed Bishop of Sherborne
The back cover of the 2000 pamphlet on Christian Naturism released by Grove Books she co-authored with David Leal notes Miss Gorham was not a practicing naturist at the time of publication, but “Karen knows and supports many naturists.”
The booklet argues that the naturist lifestyle is not incompatible with Christianity. A distinction must be drawn between “physical nakedness and sexual impurity” she argued, noting Scripture was agnostic on the subject, neither promoting nor banning social nudity.
Her book briefly surveys the Scriptural record on nudism and the church’s attitude towards the public display of the body, noting the place of societal attitudes towards the body in informing church views.
The modern naturist movement, which took form in the 1920s, was not an expression of sexual license, she writes. “Some naturists say that it is more fitting for a Christian than a non-Christian to be a naturist given that Christians are new creations living before God, who need not know that shame which gives nakedness such symbolic potency.”
Since I was in art school, I have worked as a nude figure model for artist and students as well as had a place on the other side of an easel in countless life drawing sessions where a nude model was the subject.
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I came across this article this evening to my surprise… Have look…. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/apr/06/free-the-nipple-liberation-photos-breasts As I try to get towards the subject of sex within the Christian church this article seems quite relevant as it happens… My first reaction was ‘What?’ and the thought of women’s beautiful nipples being exposed more often in public does make […]
“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.
Most people have prejudices that Christians are more modest and conservative with respect to the body than naturists generally. So it surprises people that one can be naturist and Christian. Most people think that Christians have a different attitude to sexuality, but it is rooted in the prejudice that naturists have a wild intercourse with sex, he explains.
He has met many people around the naturist who were also Christians, and think really that among Christians is probably a greater proportion nudists than among non-Christians.
It is remarkable how many Christian naturists I run into in. I could imagine that there are more Christian naturists because Christians increasingly think about their choices in life. In Denmark, one different from the vast majority of people when one is believing Christian. Therefore, we used to not be similar to most. It also means that you might be less bound by what the others are doing, and so it may be easier to come out as naturist, he explains.
Biblical Nudity – Nakedness and The Bible Book Review Biblical Nudity – The book “Nakedness and the Bible” does not claim to be a defense of naturism; it just claims to be an explanation of what the Bible says on both sides of this issue. For some time, people have used the Bible in an attempt to say that naturism is outside God’s law and should not be practiced by Christians. Various people within the nudist movement have praised the book including im-ok-naked.com. Like them, I add my approval to this work.
For Bob, being a naturist comes from a spiritual standpoint and he says he’s always ‘happy to explain to those who are surprised at meeting a Christian Naturist why I am one’. Bob also says he’s faced ‘no objections in the churches I lead’ and that being Chair of the Christian Naturist Fellowship is part of his role as approved by the Diocese. He recalls his first naturist experience in an excerpt from his upcoming book – as he first entered the water nude on a trek:
While sexuality seems to be taking over the world, some Christians are fighting against oversexualization in unconventional ways.
I know I am not the only one disturbed by the way that sex is taking over society. Once something has been sexualized it can be difficult to reclaim it, but some Christians are going to extreme measure to overcome modern perversity. Christian naturists declare their bodies to not be be sexual objects by abstaining from the wearing of clothing. They live in entirely naked communities, trying to restore innocence to the human body.
The naturist movement spans many denominations of Christianity, including anabaptists. In the 1500s, a group of nudist anabaptists ran through the streets of Amsterdam naked in an attempt to evangelize. Unfortunately, they were later killed for their streaking.
Here is a list of Christian Naturist resources we have compiled
English: The chapel at Cherokee Lodge in Tennessee. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Christian naturists are Christians found in most branches and denominations of Christianity who practice naturism or nudism. They find no conflict between the teachings of the Bible and living their lives and worshiping God without any clothing, believing that covering the body leads to its sexualization. Thus, the common notion that nudity and sexuality go hand-in-hand is seen as a worldly point of view. The Christian definition of the human body should be separate, distinct, and non-materialistic. If clothing truly controlled lust and immoral sexual activity, then these would not be occurring to any great extent.
Early Christian Nudists
There are a number of ministers and priests in the contemporary nudist movement. In fact, the modem nudist movement was largely organized by ordained religious leaders, as discussed more fully in Chapter 8. These religious leaders used as their justification the many parts of the Judaic-Christian Bible which speak of accepting the human body without shame (such as references to those apostles who were fishermen, naked at their work). Religious nudists use these quotations as an answer to the fundamentalist preachers who sermonize about God’s demand for clothing.
For example, the Rev. Martin Wadestone, author of “Nudism and Christianity,” writes: “Actually, in the light of the Bible, there is no sin in nudity itself; but if a person uses the nudity for lustful or immoral purposes he has misused it, and this constitutes a sin. The Bible does not speak against nudity nor does it teach that the body is shameful. There is reference to shame in nudity, but this shame was produced in the mind of man, not by divine ordination.”28
This was also the belief of at least five groups in the history of Christianity: the Carpocrations, Adamites, Adamianis, Encratites, and Marcosians. Most of the historical information we have concerning the beliefs and practices of these early Christians comes to us, in fact, through the recorded criticisms and diatribes of Roman Catholic Church authorities, since these authorities have largely destroyed the writings of those they considered heretical.