There are people who claim that every word of their particular edition and translation of the Bible is absolutely true, and thank Jesus daily for the mysterious and divine processes through which everyone who disagrees with them about anything is totally wrong. A lot of them won’t even qualify the word “true” with more than the scantest of ifs and buts, either. Some will attempt to compromise more than others, by talking about allegory and metaphor, but all that usually focuses on the trippy stuff near the beginning. And the really trippy stuff at the end. Okay, and some of the freakier shit in the middle.
People still want to be able to call the creation story “true”, even though it places the age of the Earth at around six thousand years, and some things (eg. pretty much all the matter in the Universe) seem to have been around for longer than that. There are dozens of related topics here, and I will try and expand on all of this in future essays, rather than being outright dismissive and leaving it at that. You’ll see the Skeptictionary list on the right being updated with new stuff when I figure out what direction to take things next. Comment with ideas if you want to nudge me along.
This, and this article which details some of my initial thoughts on Biblical literalism, are adapted for the Skeptictionary from some earlier stuff.