The Standard of Truth – Part 5

November 21st, 2010

What’s the Truth About Nudity and Sexual Body Parts?

By Michael S. Ai, Southern California

The belief that “nudity equals sex” is one of the most dominant and emotionally-charged beliefs in our U.S. society.

It seems to be intertwined into so many areas of our lives that I don’t think we can afford to ignore it and just accept it without analysis. Read the rest of this entry »

An Outsider’s Analysis of Nudism

September 26th, 2010

Brigham City, Utah Man writes…

First of all, in order to set the stage, I’d like to state that I am not currently what you would call a nudist at all. I grew up in a fairly religious family, where nudity just didn’t happen and was discouraged.  Walking around the house nude beyond the age of a toddler was never done or condoned.  Even toddlers were discouraged from being nude.  While sexuality issues were not denigrated they just weren’t discussed.  Thus I grew up in “Happy Valley” with many of the typical, Puritanical and Victorian concepts of nudity and sex.

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The Standard of Truth – Part 4

February 21st, 2010

What’s the Truth about the Sacredness of the Body and Nudity?

By Michael S. Ai, Southern California

“The body is sacred; therefore, cover it.”

This is probably the most common argument used by the “nudity is evil” proponents. This belief provides the reasoning for the rest of their arguments.

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The Standard of Truth – Part 3

January 24th, 2010

What’s the Truth about Garments and Nudity?

By Michael S. Ai, Southern California

According to the literal interpretation of the Adam & Eve story, after Adam & Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden for partaking of the forbidden fruit, God gave them coats of skin “to cover their nakedness.”

We’re instructed that these coats of skin represented the “garment of the holy priesthood.” Those to whom the garment is given are instructed to wear it night and day throughout their lives.

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The Standard of Truth – Part 2

December 14th, 2009

What’s the Truth regarding Adam and Eve’s nakedness in the Garden of Eden?

By Michael S. Ai, Southern California

The story of Adam and Eve is one of the primary arguments used by the proponents of the “nudity is evil” concept. Since it’s one of the first stories in scripture, I’ll examine this argument first.

As with all scripture, we have two interpretive paradigms: (1) literal interpretation, in which the words of the scripture are taken at their literal meaning; and (2) symbolic interpretation, in which the symbols of the scripture are examined for their representative meaning.

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