Whether it’s conservatives who take every word of the Bible literally, or moderates and liberals who take only some literally, all branches should abandon literalism.
We can start with the most incomprehensive parts. The Adam and Eve story with the talking snake is a good one. Even though they were the first humans on earth, one of their sons who found a wife elsewhere.
There is Noah’s flood that was supposed to have happened even though there is not enough water in the earth’s atmophere to make it possible. The exodus of Moses should have left archaological evidence, but there is none. There are the parts about stoning unfaithful women and children who talk back. The Old Testament is full of things that cannot be taken literally.
The New Testament has some too. Graves open up and corpses walk out. Jesus walks on water and does miracles.
Let’s move to the bread and butter of the faith. It starts with babies being born “sinners”. There is no reason whatsoever to believe this. But then, it is said Jesus died and came to life, the purpose being to forgive mythological sins.
There is no proof of either sin or forgiveness. Both the liberal and conservative wings of the faith would serve their cause by not taking literally any of those parts of the Bible.
A nation interested in critical thinking will find more attractive, I think, a faith based on individuals’ spiritual inclinations that left mythological history behind.