I haven't read the whole thread, so i might be a bit off topic (i'm mostly reacting to the last two threads (EDIT : okay, to the two threads BEFORE the last two, which have been posted while i was writing)) but does it really matter if those things are "true" or not ?
I'm an atheist myself, but i think one can chose to believe in what jesus (for instance) SAID without caring if the guy actually existed or not. Sure, we now know some stuff that contradicts what the bible says, but so what ? One can still chose to believe that something did create the universe, etc, etc etc...
Who really cares if it happened in 7 days or millions of years ? That stuff is mostly symbolic anyway.
I'm currently reading Joseph Campbell's books on the structure of myth (The Hero with a Thousand Faces), and i love the idea that all myth, no matter where they come from, are expressions of the same, basic, existential questions of mankind. The WAY in which they are told doesn't really matter, it's what the stuff means that's important.
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