A handy flowchart:
(via Iranian Atheist/Agnostic Movement)
IKR!!! EVERY religious person does that…
This here, ladies and gentlemen, is parsimony at work.
But this won’t work from the perspective of a science denier. No amount of debunking can change the literal word of god in genesis!
I think the output of “Not quite” needs to feed into the second question about whether it should be followed. To be the Word of God, it has to be both not completely falsified AND something the Christian wants to follow.
But what if something has been completely debunked by science, but you still want to believe in it? Oh, right… Creationism.
How can you argue with logic like that?
Wait, what about the heavy drinking needed to reconcile conflicting instructions in said holy work? Dang it! That’s where the communion wine comes in! Can’t leave that out!
Oh look. It’s hermeneutics.
For those who do not understand that the literal word of God is just a metaphor for stubborn refusal to admit ignorance, here is a different perspective.