How can we learn to appreciate the elegance and beauty of the human form? Often nudity is framed as sexual, and sexuality is presented as objectifying and degrading.
As David Bollt (Model Society) has aptly stated,
You can see nudity or sex as a celebration of something beautiful, or you can see it as a product…removed from the underlying humanity.
And Casey Capshaw (Authentic Man Program – AMP) goes on to say,
As a society, we can’t seem to turn away from violence, and welcome it in film, television, games, and literature.
Nudity, on the other hand, is most often relegated to the profane, reduced to the pornographic and hidden in shame.
How can we create space to honor the dignity of our humanity more than the depravity?
The conversation linked above between David and Casey Capshaw tackles some of these issues.
It is encouraging to discover I am not alone in seeking to “bring some sanity and beauty into (what often seems like) an insane, unloving world.” I only wish that one day this will be a conversation we can have in the church as well.
Let’s support a holy vision of human beauty and sexuality!
Note: A version of the podcast is also posted here on YouTube with some examples from David Bollt’s Model Society