Thursday, December 08, 2005

German Protestant youth group do what?

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German Protestant youth group has put together a 2006 calendar with 12 staged photos depicting erotic scenes from the Bible, including a bare-breasted Delilah cutting Samson's hair and a nude Eve offering an apple.

"There's a whole range of biblical scriptures simply bursting with eroticism," said Stefan Wiest, the 32-year-old photographer who took the titillating pictures.

Anne Rohmer, 21, poses on a doorstep in garters and stockings as the prostitute Rahab, who is mentioned in both New and Old Testaments. "We wanted to represent the Bible in a different way and to interest young people," she told Reuters.

"Anyway, it doesn't say anywhere in the Bible that you are forbidden to show yourself nude."

Bernd Grasser, pastor of the church in Nuremberg where the calendar is being sold, was enthusiastic about the project which is explained online at

"It's just wonderful when teenagers commit themselves with their hair and their skin to the bible," he said.


Anonymous said...


I believe the real question is if the Church adheres to the 39 articles.

Seriously, can you buy with £'s?


Jeff Dean said...

This one is certainly on the list of things God is going to congratulate us for at the Last Judgment.

"Way to go, church! This is precisely the type of creative self-expression I was hoping the outpouring of my Holy Spirit would engender!"

Anonymous said...

God is sarcastic?

Seriously though, am I puritanical and legalistic (or perhaps just redundant?) for thinking that the the idea, "[I]t doesn't say anywhere in the Bible that you are forbidden to show yourself nude" might be a bit off?


Dylan Potter said...

Methinks it gives a whole new meaning to "Swing that Gospel Axe"

Tim Galebach said...

The Samson/Delilah youth group model is not too attractive. Still untangling the ramifications of this.

Zadok said...

Is this where you got your idea of Richard Turnbull holding an axe in your 'eyes-closed-mental-picture' of him.

(In case this means nothing to you, R.T. is the Wycliffe Principle who JZ described as above at the Wycliffe Review.)

art said...

where do we go from here?

Anonymous said...

Jeff Dean you are too funny

Anonymous said...

Jeff Dean you are too funny

PCH--It does, however, say in the Bible to "clothe yourselves with righteousness" and there was a somewhat righteous tone to their defense of their "nekkidity" as we call it here in the South