There now; was that so hard to do?
I dont let science influence my religion, however.
Incorrect. You let it influence your cosmogony, which is a branch of theology.
More like the other way around. Im sure to some hardliners, this makes me no Christian at all, or at least not a good one.
Since I regard all forms of chrstianity as false, you need that worry about receiving such a label from me.
But there is nothing in the Bible that absolutely rules out evolution from occurring, and besides we dont know everything about it yet, do we? No one can prove that we are 100% a product of it. And as far as my interest in science, God gave us a brain to use it, otherwise we would have just been born with a Bible in our hands.
The peshat (plain sense) of the Torah is always historically accurate. History is dated from the Sixth Day of the creation week when Adam was created. Halakhically, we are now in the 5774th year from that event (with a few minor complications). The history of the world as recounted by G-d Himself in the Torah most certainly needs to be considered at least as evidence . . . unless one regards it as the speculation of stone age savages.
There is a spiritual dimension behind the physical dimension of the world. The ancient Sages of Israel were masters of the knowledge of these spiritual realities, which gave them insight on the physical world our "sophisticated" moderns could only dream of.
Well, I do believe in a spiritual world beyond this one, with angels, powers, principalities, the whole bit. But concerning the creation story, how much is literal and how much is symbolism? Because it clearly exists in other part of the Bible. For myself, I’m admitting that I don’t know.