This is why pastors keep telling their congregations stories about Biblical characters…
It works, too. Ken Ham, the man behind the Creation Museum, really believes that a literal “Adam” and “Eve” existed. (If you go to his museum, you can see their statues… near the dinosaurs…)
In fact, he’s pissed off that some Christian academics are even questioning what the Book of Genesis says in the cover story of June’s Christianity Today magazine:
… the secular world will not and cannot accept even the possibility of a young earth, because then they could not even postulate the idea of evolution. They require an incomprehensible amount of time to propose evolutionary beliefs. That is why the secular world use terms like “anti-science,” “anti-intellectual,” and “anti-academic” for those who reject billions of years and accept a young universe. And sadly, that is why so many Christian academics give in to the secular world — they want to be seen as academically respectable in the eyes of the world.
Well, to be fair, even people like Francis Collins gets shit from other scientists for accepting evolution while holding Evangelical Christian beliefs…
But the point is clear: This is what happens when the stories are so powerful, that you believe they must be true. You look the other way when the evidence shows you’re wrong. If you don’t, your whole belief system will crumble.