I attend (but do not believe) a conservative, fundamentalist “Church of Christ” congregation in Nashville, Tennessee. Recently, I have overheard some conversations amongst the young folk (teenagers) – evidently, one of their Sunday School teachers was saying that “Adam and Eve were fifteen feet tall”, and that people have degenerated towards the modern height after the Fall/Flood/whatever.
I have also overheard people talking about this belief in a restaurant (my local Hooters restaurant) a few weeks ago. They were talking about the whole “There were giants on the earth” quote from Genesis, and that people really “downsized” due to sin, dislocation from God, unhealthy diet, breeding with pre-Adamic humanoids, etc.
Okay, now I understand the “Giants in the Earth” phenomenon to some extent. I figure that it is a result of pre-scientific people coming across dinosaur or, more likely, prehistoric elephant/mammoth bones, and mistakenly assuming them to be from gigantic humans.
The “fifteen feet tall Adam and Eve” thing has me stumped, however. I am fairly certain that the Bible does not explicitly state that these original humans were that much bigger than people are nowadays. I may be wrong about this, however.
Has anyone else encountered this odd belief? Do you know its origins? Any information would be appreciated.