In his/her Sept. 25 piece at TheChristianPundit.org, Art, Nakedness, and Redemption, writer W. Vando puts two thumbs way, way down. And I would agree. Example:
21st century, Europe and North America have an increasingly pornographic art, film and pop culture. But this is as old as pagan fertility cults, technology added. The new twist comes from the church where some argue that wherever there is a glimmer of created order or common grace, there is potential for finding “redemptive value”. This is rationale for not only engagement, but also participation. People, of course, qualify such a break from Scripture and church history: “these are complex issues, this is the domain of the mature and wise.” They seem to fail to notice, however, that their argument is ironically similar to that of the “adult” billboards along our freeways.
He/she wrangles thoughtfully with the cultural-changing, everything-can-be-redeemed view, not with any hint of legalism, but solely with Biblical objections to visual nudity that ultimately rely on pretending God’s prescriptions for clothing are somehow revoked by Christ’s redemption. Fans of speculative stories — especially the visual ones featuring scandily-clad superheroines, absurdly “attired” battle babes, or nudity and/or sex scenes meant to show how “gritty” real life is — will at least find this fascinating.