The problems with Biblical literalists is that they’re:
1) Perfectly content to point to the Bible’s account of reality. Then, they’re done. There’s no follow-up- not even a “We accept this as true. Now, WHY is this the way it is?” There is no curiosity, because curiosity requires evidence- evidence which could and would directly contradict their beliefs.
2) No matter how much evidence exists to the contrary, they are unwilling to shift their beliefs. Instead, they invent insane theories which have no basis in either fact OR theological thought to explain that the evidence still supports their views.
3) They rely on the “No one was there to observe it, so science can’t definitively prove anything that humans don’t observe firsthand.” Object permanence is something that babies develop around 6 months of age. When I close my eyes, the world is still there, even if I don’t observe it.
4) Those that don’t believe in Biblical literalism, even other Christians, are condemned as false Christians. Biblical literalists thankfully make up only a small and dwindling portion of Christians. In 100 years, they’ll be looked upon as a cult more than a religion.
5) They refer to science as a religion. Science is not based on faith or belief, but on facts and the acceptance of those facts. I don’t “believe” in evolution. I accept it as fact. Science is not rigid nor is it dogmatic. Science is dynamic and more than willing to change as new evidence and explanations for that evidence comes to light.
You can be religious. You can be a scientist. They are not mutually exclusive categories. However, using religion to explain science results in a perversion of the mechanisms that make science work.