Lawren Jones Posted 1 day ago Are Religions and Science mutually exclusive? "How do we tell if it was intended to be taken literally by the authors." That is a very good question, and the source of much disagreement between theologians. Here's my own opinion - take it for what you will: The universe obviously operates according to the rules of Science. If God exists, he uses science to run the universe, so there's no reason that God didn't create the universe scientifically. We have billions of years of cosmological, geological, and archeological evidence that contradicts a literal interpretation of Genesis, which suggests that Genesis is not written literally. Within the text of Genesis itself, there is evidence that it is not literal. One male and one female do not have the genetic diversity to propagate a species. God creates light on the first day but doesn't create the sun until the fourth, etc.