The Bible in the Biblical Sense

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December 16, 2005

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For those of you out there who haven't actually read the bible, you might be surprised to find out that especially the Old Testament has some racy stuff in it. Tales of adultery, seduction, corruption, betrayal and murder abound. There's a reason why the old B-I-B-L-E has always been a bestseller. Nevertheless, for centuries the church has glossed over the sex and violence, to focus on morality and wholesome family values. They often presented the moral of the story without revealing the naked truth of it. Until now that is [...]

According to a news story from Ananova.com (12/06/05) a German church group from Nuremburg has come up with a great way to bring the raw action of bible stories back to life in these post-modern times. The Katzwang Evangelical Youth group has been selling nude calendars for about $14 US in the Katzwanger church.

Their spokesperson, Stefan Wiest, 32, says, "We wanted to bring old religious paintings to today's people by translating them in a contemporary context.

They cover everything or should I say uncover it, from Eve tempting Adam to Delilah cutting Samson's hair and from the sacrifice of Isaac to the baptism of Jesus with many of the scenes displaying nudity.

Although sales have been strong and feedback is positive for the most part, there is criticism from mostly Americans and the local Catholic church. Nevertheless, Mr. Wiest insists, "We did not intend to cause any provocation and have received more positive responses that negative."

Winfried Roehmel, a spokesperson for regional Catholic archdiocese, said: "It is not acceptable to pose naked in a church. The right way to approach the Holy Scriptures is not by pulling your pants down."

I say if sex sells, why can't it sell salvation. However, when it comes to trying to tell a story through gratuitous nudity, in my case perhaps, it's like preaching to choir. Amen!

Posted by Will Peters at December 16, 2005 1:00 AM

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