Illustrations courtesy of the author.

TThe Bible was handed down to me as a life manual, a moral handbook, and an arbiter of true science and history that would protect me from the dastardly evils of evolution and atheism. “If you got doubts,” they would say, “you ain’t reading your Bible enough.”

And when my pastors and Sunday school teachers said to look to the Bible for answers, they meant that quite literally: If the Bible said God created the Earth in six days, then that’s what it meant. If the Bible said a man…