Jade Sambrook: What if Nudism were a Religion?

What if nudism were a religion? What if the practice of ”Nudism” were considered equal to the practice of Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Abrahamic religion or any of the other many religions that exist today?

If nudism were a religion then surely I could no longer claim to be an atheist. I’d be attending Nudist Church every Sunday and even volunteering my time towards the church on other days of the week. Heck, I’d even be interested in becoming a nudist preacher!

Some people reading this might answer that it is against the law to be naked in public, or that they would be offended if they saw a naked human body.


First of all, if nudism were a religion, then being naked in public could no longer be considered a criminal offence, or else it would amount to a clear case of religious persecution by the state. In Canada for example – where I am from – the Charter of Rights and Freedoms states that everyone has the freedom of conscience and religion. Hence, if ”Nudism” were a religion, forcing a ”Nudist” to put on clothes would be like asking a Sikh to remove his turban or a Muslim woman to remove her hijab.

A photo of Jade Sambrook nude in public compared with a photo of a woman wearing a burka
A photo comparison: Jade Sambrook wearing the Nudist religious garb versus a woman wearing the burka. Photo credit (woman in burka) Amazon.com

In terms of being offended by the sight of a naked human body, well, many folks already claim to be offended by other things that they are ultimately powerless to stop. They simply have to live with it, accept it and get use to it. If nudism were a religion, anybody offended by the naked human body of a nudist would simply be putting into evidence their religious intolerance towards that particular religion.

While full nudity as religious garb finds itself on one extreme of the spectrum, on the other extreme of the spectrum are some Muslim women who cover themselves from head-to-toe by wearing a burka. These women do so based on their religious beliefs that are supposedly derived from the Qur’an. Naturally the folks who are offended by this practice are powerless to stop it. Therefore, it only makes sense that people be able to practice the religion of ”Nudism” by uncovering themselves from head-to-toe, derived from their beliefs as to the health benefits of being naked, and that those offended by it would equally be powerless to stop it.

For Jade Sambrook one thing is clear, we are all born naked, no matter where we are born and no matter the values, morals and beliefs of our parents, there is no getting around it – we come out of the womb naked. We also leave this world in the same way.

As he came forth of his mother’s womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand – Ecclesiastes 5:15 – King James Bible.

My understanding of religion, which is a minimal and simplistic understanding, is that man was created in the image of their God. Yet we are obligated by society to cover this image in clothing out of shame and disgust towards it. I simply don’t get it! 

To quote selectively from Wikipedia, religion is defined as an organized collection of beliefs, cultural systems and world views that relate humanity to an order of existence. Many religions have narratives and symbols (. . . .) From their beliefs people may derive morality, ethics, religious laws or a preferred lifestyle. Many religions have organized behaviours (…) festivals, feasts, music, art, dance or other aspects of human culture.

From the above definition alone, nudism could and should be considered a religion equal to other religions.

Jade Sambrook walking on the sand at the nude beach
Jade Sambrook at the nude beach. Is this the only appropriate place for a nudist?

People will often tell me that if I want to practice my nudist lifestyle I should only do so in appropriate places – like at nude beaches and nudist resorts. Unfortunately such comments are much the same as telling a homosexual that he or she should only practice his or her lifestyle in appropriate places – like at home, ”in the closet” or in a gay bar. It is much the same as telling a cigarette smoker that he or she should only practice their lifestyle in appropriate places – like at home, in the bedroom and hidden under the blankets. I think you get my point… A poster from The Best of Naturist Freedom UK about taking offence to the naked human body I’m looking forward to the day that nudism becomes a religion, if it indeed ever does. And if it does, that will be the day where I, like many others, will be free from persecution, free to openly practice an awesome lifestyle, and most importantly, free to live the way I was born: naked.                  

17 thoughts on “Jade Sambrook: What if Nudism were a Religion?

  1. A Guy Without Boxers March 17, 2015 / 18:02

    I’m not certain how I feel about nudity as a religion. Organized religions have this distinct leaning towards intolerance and condemnation of those who believe differently. I do agree with your arguments offered here, however. Much love and many friendly naked hugs! 🙂

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    • Jade Sambrook March 17, 2015 / 23:21

      Thanks for the comment and for your thoughts on this matter! As always, I appreciate your readership and support! I’m sending many friendly naked hugs back your way! Cheers!!

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  2. Nude Fab March 18, 2015 / 06:55

    I’ve never been one to practice any religion even though I was raised to be a Catholic I don’t attend church but a religion for nudism is an interesting thought. Thanks for this interesting Blog.

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  3. a nudist March 18, 2015 / 09:17

    A major aspect of religion is faith and a collection of shared beliefs.

    I don’t think that viewing nudity as natural is a belief, nor does it require faith to accept the idea that the nude human body is not shameful. If anything, I think nudism is more comparable to atheism, in the sense that nudity is our default state, as is the lack of belief in a god. In the same way that religion is taught through indoctrination, body shame and anti-nudity behaviors are forced onto individuals from a young age.

    In a way, I appreciate the argument this article is making, but I think nudism as a religion is a wrong premise. I would argue that more atheists should embrace nudism, because in my opinion these two ideas go hand in hand, by freeing both the mind and body.

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  4. Happy Bare March 18, 2015 / 12:09

    Ummm, no, I would not want nakedness as a religion. All religion is contrived, twisted and invented to segregate and suppress people in one form or other. Nakedness is pure and natural.

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  5. Howell Thomas Mauney March 18, 2015 / 16:40

    The only thoughts I as an ordained minster, Is this

    GOSPEL OF THOMAS

    (37) His disciples said, “When will you become revealed to us and when shall we see you?”
    Jesus said, “When you disrobe without being ashamed and take up your garments and place them under your feet like little children and tread on them, then will you see the son of the living one, and you will not be afraid”

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    • godgivenwarrior January 7, 2016 / 14:05

      What a terrific quote! Wasn’t Thomas considered the brother of Christ?
      The political advantage would be that we would have “Rights” protected by the constitution. The Church could be registered as a charity, donations could then count as a tax break.

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  6. augustusnds March 21, 2015 / 18:26

    I have started such a religion for myself called ‘The Church of the Great Bare’ at https://wordpress.com/read/blog/id/84229742/
    I haven’t properly launched it yet, still working on background and stuff, but hope it will help me if I get arrested in the future (in the UK)

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  7. fredd3 March 21, 2015 / 23:36

    The Adamites and Neo-Adamites just couldn’t find acceptance.

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  8. Tigger April 16, 2015 / 16:42

    It already sounds like a religion: “What I believe is right. If you don’t agree, you’re wrong. My way is the only way.” Nudists are some of the most self righteous people I’ve ever conversed with.

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  9. godgivenwarrior January 7, 2016 / 14:13

    I really enjoyed this Blog, and the playful spirit with which it was written. There are a lot of good points in it

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    • Jade Sambrook January 12, 2016 / 01:32

      Thanks for the kind words! Im sure that the issue could be studied even further by a student of theology – but I still enjoyed asking the question and coming up with a simplistic summary. All the best to you for an amazing 2016! 🙂

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