Dialogue of the Deaf
We have a conversation today between religion and science. What we must understand is that the bible is concerned with answering theological questions, not scientific questions. Likewise, science is all about answering scientific questions, not theological ones. If we try do debate science with the bible, we miss the point. If we try to debate religion with science, we also miss the point. We must separate the two and find a better way of exploring both religion and science together. The bible doesn't say how old the universe and the earth is. The genealogies in the bible are not complete for theological reasons. In the ancient world of the bible, they didn't think genealogies like we do today. This means that we can't calculate how old the globe is based on the genealogies in the bible. This is just one point out of many, according to professor John Walton.
The dialogue of the deaf is due to ultra-darwinists and ultra-creationists, both getting science and theology wrong, in my opinion. Whether you accept darwinism or not, it's the lack of academic insight in both science and theology that hinders a productive and respectful dialogue, in that some people take theology and science and argue outside the accepted views from both the now and history. Theologian and darwinist Conor Cunningham's acclaimed magnum opus, "Darwin's Pious Idea", is a game-changer and a must read for all who take science and religion seriously.
The church originally read the creation accounts as truth told in a mythological way, according to theologian Conor Cunningham. In this BBC documentary, Charles Darwin is portrayed correctly in that he wrote about God the Creator in his "On the Origin of Species", being a believer in Jesus; what made him an atheist was not the theory of evolution, but his young daughter dying of a disease.
Professor N.T. Wright's food for thought.