I wrote to the site and haven’t heard back
will let you know if I do.
Here is what I wrote:
I read your two articles on art
and had a question: is nude art Okay?? NOT
pornographic nude but just plain nude?? examples:
Ludwig von Hofmann - Reiter am Strand - c1890
Le jeune Baigneur endormi, Jean-Jacques Henner, huile
sur toile, 1862
de Barra and other nudes by Jean-Jacques Henner
by Édouard Manet not to be confused with Claude
Barbosa - Menino tirando espinho do pé, 1897
Lea Merritt Love locked out
Wilhelm Eckersberg - Three Spartan boys practising
several nude paintings by Magnus
by Henry Scott Tuke (1858–1929)
ones by Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida
ones by Károly Ferenczy
ones by Kuzma Sergeevich
garçon nu and others by John Singer Sargent
by Michael Angelo
by Wilhelm von Gloeden
by Wilhelm von Plüschow
drawings and photos by Thomas
photos of Jock Sturges
photos of Sally Mann
photos of Will McBride
these aren’t all of them they are some good
examples. You can find them on wiki commons or do
a search on google image.
nudity is sexual. As such not all
nude paintings, drawings, statues, photos,
etc are sexual either.
appreciate the beauty of the human body. I see
nothing wrong with that. I see
nothing inherently sexual about the body. It
can certainly be made sexual through posing and
through self touching and so on but in it’s raw
form I find nothing sexual there just beauty. I
don't think anyone would have a problem with a
photo of a nude baby on a bearskin rug but the
same photo of a school-aged (5-18) child
would be deemed wrong. Same pose but because
of the age of the subject people will change the
judgment of it being ok to not ok. All the
christians I have run across seem to think
nudity is always sexual so they don't like
nude art. Sometimes I think we get a bit prudish
think that since photography and other forms
of nude art have been misused to make porno that
all nude art is bad. I would like your thoughts.
Protestant (only to show I don’t
follow the pope)
Independence MO USA
"If man will not be governed
from within, he must be governed from
part of article follows:
fair use for discussion
There are four basic questions that
Christians should ask of a work of art:
1) What is the work trying to do?
2) How does it accomplish this
3) How well does it accomplish this
4) Was the work of art worth doing?
To answer these four questions properly, I
propose the following additional questions. These
questions start in a general fashion, then gravitate
toward more overtly Christian attitudes about art.
1) Does the work of art stir our
imagination, please our senses, stimulate our minds, and
affect our emotions? How?
2) What are the motifs in the work
of art – the recurring themes, images, sounds,
Designs, patterns, techniques, symbols, objects, plot
devices, character types, settings, situations, and
archetypes? What is the artist’s intent in creating these
particular motifs? How to they relate to each other and to
the rest of the work?
3) What messages does the work
4) What issues does it bring out?
How does it deal with these issues?
5) What is the work’s attitude
toward life? Happy or sad? Optimistic or pessimistic? How
does the work express that attitude?
6) Does the work of art speak truth
about the human condition, nature, and the supernatural
world, even when it operates on a symbolic or fantasy
level? Most westerns, for instance (even the allegedly
accurate Dances with Wolves), are historically untrue, but
they can still speak truth about the human condition,
about the natural and supernatural world, and about good
7) Does the work promote Christian
love? St. Paul defines Christian love in 1 Corinthians 13:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does
not boats, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not
self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record
of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with
the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always
hopes, always perseveres.” If the work doesn’t
promote Christian love, then it should be condemned as a
8) Does the work arouse Christian
compassion? Christian compassion should be defined as “a
sympathetic awareness of other people’s suffering,
together with a desire to relieve or lessen that
suffering, in accordance with the moral and ethical
principles in God’s word, the Bible.” In other
words, we should not show compassion toward a person who,
after committing an evil act, is punished for the act. A
work of art which arouses Christian compassion should be
praised for this artistic quality, even it if contains
other things we don’t like.
9) What is the entertainment value
of the work of art? Does the work try to be enjoyable,
amusing or diverting? Does it give the audience a chance
to momentarily get away or escape from their worries,
troubles, cares, and woes? If so, then the work is
actually being very compassionate toward the suffering of
people and it deserves praise. Just because a work is
entertaining or provides escapism does not mean it has
nothing good or “deep” to tell us.
10) Does the work advocate any
theological, philosophical, or socio-political beliefs
that contradict God’s standards of truth and goodness in
the Bible? If so, then the work has violated artistic
standards of truth and goodness.
11) Does the work of art promote
truth and goodness and attack falsehood and evil according
to God’s standards in the Bible? If so, then it deserves
praise from Christians.
12) Does the work’s basic
worldview, or way of looking at and interpreting reality
and the meaning or purpose of life, contradict the
Christian worldview? If so, then we should condemn the
work’s artistic quality, because it has violated God’s
standards of truth and goodness.
13) Assuming the work of art
doesn’t contradict the Christian worldview and doesn’t
contradict biblical truth and morality, does it promote or
extol, in some major way, at least one of the virtues or
moral principles of Christianity and the Bible, such as
Godly love, forgiveness, repentance, self-control, acts of
kindness, compassion, patience, justice, discipline,
prayer, humility, honesty, integrity, protecting the
innocent, punishing evildoers, worship of God, holiness,
etc.? If so, then it deserves at least some strong praise,
not only morally and spiritually but also artistically. Of
course, if the artist can effectively, deftly, and clearly
mix the moral message of his work into the premise, or
propositional truth, of the work, then he has gone a long
way toward creating a work that will stand the test of
time and honor God in a positive way, even if his work
doesn’t overtly mention God or religious faith.
14) Does the work of art contradict
the Gospel of Jesus Christ as revealed by God in the New
Testament documents? If so, then we should condemn the
work’s artistic quality because it has violated God’s
standards of truth and goodness. The Gospel of Jesus
Christ is that Jesus is incarnate God, second member of
the Holy Trinity, who was made man in order to die for our
sins. Thus, Jesus died and was buried, but rose from the
dead to sit at the right hand of the Father in Heaven.
Anyone who believes these facts and trusts in the
salvation they promise will receive the gift of the Holy
Spirit, third member of the Holy Trinity. They will become
a member of the Kingdom of God and have everlasting
physical and spiritual life with the Triune God in Heaven.