Nude religion was my unorthodox research topic for this evening and, wouldn't you know it, I came up with some interesting nuggets of information.
Firstly, if Google Adwords is any guide, it would appear there is a significant number of people searching for "nude spiritual", "nude religion", "nude bible", "nude christian" and "nude meditation" that ain't getting enough ... enough related sites that is. It seems there are reasonable search volumes on nude religion without much competition.
Secondly, I don't know about you but what jumps out at me from that nude religion search topic list is how many of them are related to Christian spirituality. That was a surprise, I expected more related to moonclad Wiccan ceremonies and Tantric sex. Thought provoking eh?
Thirdly, that in researching a number of nude religion sites I found there is actually a "Journal of Spiritual Nudity" Well, they've got a journal for everything these days. And here are some of the articles I found there.
The Bible, Society and Nudity
A study of social nudity from a Biblical and secular perspective. By Jeff Rockel
Being Nude and The Bible
Adam said he was afraid of God because he was naked and he hid from God. God knew full well what had happened when he said, "Who told you that you were naked?"
Nudity is Natural and Wholesome
Liberated Christians. Many people have been brought up taught that nudity is immoral and we should never allow others to see our true bodies.
God’s view of nudity
Enjoying the human body God’s way
Christian Naturism - Living as God intended
Bible passages and early church history which prove that nudism is the correct lifestyle.
And this is just skimming the surface. DMOZ came up with stuff more in line with my expectations but the point of the exercise was to reality test my expectations so the Google Adwords information was more interesting personally. Not my cup of tea, I found some of the articles of the journal particularly difficult to reconcile with Christian ethics, but I think nudity an important issue to grapple with, and think critically about, in deconstructing the mind-body split of modernist spirituality.