We are on the same side.(earth age only) I have said pretty much the same thing as you did above many time on topix.<quoted text>
Now let's break down how reading literature usually works. You might not know this or maybe you do.
Well the first thing is we know that most people who like reading a piece of literature usually know a little bit about what they're reading.
Example: The first thing most people who take an interest to reading the Bible know or should know about it by now is it involves an Eternal being with infinite wisdom. So when a person opens the first page and sees an Eternal being with infinite wisdom describing his creation to a finite human mind should have the understanding that He would not describe it detail for detail but would be describing it from the point of view that a finite mind could understand. If detail for detail were the case we would never get out of chapter 1. Could you imagine a Eternal being descibing billions of years detail for detail. Now with that being said, who goes into the Bible expecting the creation story to have literal scientific explanation?
God described creation (using the bible) to a group of nomadic sheep herders not to a group of 21 century science majors.It is not the science but the stories message the bible is trying to tell.