Soon the world’s first Christian nudist camp will open in Florida:
IN THE beginning was the word of God and God never said anything about brassieres or boxer shorts. Thus was born Natura, America’s first Christian nudist camp.After two years of biblical debate over Adam and Eve and their fig leaves and whether or not nudity is sinful, a 67-year-old Quaker grandfather is preparing to open a modern-day Garden of Eden 40 miles north of Tampa, Florida.
Bill Martin’s ambitious plan for a 200-acre Christian- oriented Family Naturist Village has survived legal challenges, doctrinal disputes and a plague of internet prudes. Land is now being cleared for the opening next year of what may become the world’s only Christian community to feature nude volleyball.
Despite howls of complaint from fundamentalists who have likened Martin to the Antichrist — and described his nudist plans as “graphic evidence of America’s moral collapse” — Natura intends to build 50 houses around a non-denominational church where clothing for services will be optional.
After having read the first chapters of David Carr’s The Erotic Word this was an interesting article to run across. Carr gives a close reading of Genesis chapters one and two and shows how they are both body affirming and sex affirming. He goes on to show how the body-negative and sex-negative world the exists in the story post-Eden is a twisted version of the world planned by God, so it seems reasonable that people would try to return to that original state. Jethro Kloss tried it with his book Back To Eden, though he was focusing on living in harmony with (non-human) nature, and not a sort of nude innocence.
I’m a little taken aback by the founder of this camp stating “There is absolutely no relationship between nudity and sex.” While there is no inherent eroticism in nudity, there is most certainly a relationship between nudity, or the body, and sex. That’s like saying that since the mouth can be used for many things, there is no relationship between the mouth and eating. Sex is one of the most wonderful things nude (or even clothed) bodies can engage in.
I’m curious to see if the camp ever opens, and even more curious to see what ire it draws from fundamentalist loudmouths.