For your enlightenment, I was born, baptized and raised as a Christian. I consider myself agnostic with Buddhist tendencies. A "literal and inerrant" translation of the Bible was NEVER a requirement for believing in God and thinking that Adam and Eve and the talking snake and magic fruit and giants and satyrs, etc. were historically and factually real just seemed really silly in the Christian circles I grew up in. Heck, it was my mother and one of the nuns at Sunday school that told me that the stories in the Old Testament were merely myths, fables and fairy tales that God used to teach important lessons to bronze age pastoral cultures that were, for the most part, scientifically ignorant.<quoted text>
and as for the rest of your post here--I find all that dark age goat herder stuff only slightly useful, like for examples of how NOT to mire through life barbarically UNenlightened.
That, and for the studies of historical civilization as far as insights into-as we know it...thus far anyway!
If "thinking" adults here in the 21st century want to think those stories are all "literally and inerrantly true" than my using the phrase "bronze age, goat herder FAIRY TALES" is the LEAST of their worries.