Long before I came into the light I was steeped in science. BS in physical science at Duke, a year at medical school.
When I got to seminary, the language was so imprecise. I soon realized that religious talk is not proper language, which has a precision--one specific meaning to each word, understood by all in that discipline. The Bible was nothing like that.
I eventually decided it was poetry; for years I've gone around telling people that the Bible is poetry--every word of it, and that poetry is the highest form of truth. (That has shock value anyway.)
Ellie and I have had extended conversations with friends who object to religion as such, and want to "talk philosophy" - actually religion. One friend said to us "why do you keep talking about metaphors?" Poor boy; he really didn't know what a metaphor is.
I try to explain to folks like him. God is a metaphor: you cannot speak properly of God; you cannot define God; God is totally other. Nothing we can say about God can possibly be anything other than a finger pointing to the Indescribable.
I've eventually come to see that many fundamentalists just live in a different thought world; they're radical materialists. They tell us they've been born again, but 'born of the spirit?'; like Nicodemus they don't know what that means.
That is the great divide among religious folks: those who see everything literally, materially, and those interested in spirit.
The only hope for our society is for a spiritual revolution!!!