As most people that grew up in the average Southern Baptist background, I was taught body shame. My mother says, even today, that GOD doesn’t want to see your butt. She is a good student of the WORD, and is not the type that would add her own opinion to the WORD of GOD. But if she is taught an opinion of someone she respects as a Bible scholar she tends to take it as correct.
We listened to one named Dr. Floyd Nolen Jones when I was growing up. He is a <i>very</i> smart teacher and is strongly on the side of GOD. I would recommend all to give him a listen. Here is a link to his audio files. Free to download.
As a fellow Southern Baptist alum he had a bit of a problem with the nudity in the book of Genesis This is where Adam and Eve were naked and “not ashamed”. In the mind of your average Baptist person communal nudity without shame is somehow wrong. To make this more acceptable in his own mind he figured that mankind, when created, received as part of the breath of life from GOD some of HIS glory. “Glory” and “glow” come from the same source word. Therefore clothing was not necessary for obscuring the view of others from shameful nudity. They were just to bright to look at directly.
Note: I have no idea if the glowing-first-family concept was created by Dr. Jones or just adopted. He is just the first from whom I have ever heard this.
There are many that want to justify there opinions for or against social nudity using the Bible, but the Bible is silent on the issue. The people who find that it’s somehow wrong to be as naked as Adam and Eve in the beginning base this off of emotion and tradition, not the Bible.
There is a book written on this subject, “Nakedness and the Bible” by Paul M. Bowman, that makes an exhaustive study on the subject. This is not a nudist or naturist book but an even-handed look at the subject at hand. It starts with a maybe-so–maybe-no approach and relies on the Bible to show the way. I find it a very balanced discussion on the subject.