While this isn’t about Orthodox Christianity, of course, it’s worth noting for the several potential parallels here, after you get over the fascinating discovery that Mayim Bialik of NBC’s “Blossom” is not only a highly observant Orthodox Jew but also has a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA. (She is apparently also now in some new television show… something about a large banging?)
The Orthodox Church has of course never put forward a conciliar decree on whether one ought to take what is written in the Genesis creation accounts literally (whether partially or completely), but there at least seems to be a permissible variety of views on whether one should do so. It’s also worth noting here that very briefly hinted at is the Jewish notion of the “oral Torah” given by God at Sinai which eventually gets codified as the Talmud and serves to interpret the written Torah (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy), which is like the Orthodox Christian function of Holy Tradition, which not only interprets the Scripture but includes it as part of its content.
The hat tip goes to my wife for pointing this out to me. Thanks!