Do you believe that this would be an accurate description of how God made everything?
Why do we really need to know? We simply can't know. We know that God created out of nothing (ex nihilo), that He saw that His creation was good (including matter), and that mankind fell from communion with God through self deceit, and the machinations of the Evil One. Can one believe this without it being literal? Sure. Do I LITERALLY think that a snake talked to our ancestors? I doubt it, but it is OK to think that if you wish. Adam means man/dust in Hebrew, and Eve means mother of all the living in Hebrew. Was that LITERALLY their names? Probably not, but yet again, you can think that if you wish. Genesis is NOT a science text. We need to remember the power of myth, especially to the ancients. Myth didn't mean fake/false to them. And neither should it be the case for us. IF the Genesis account is myth, it still teaches very valuable lessons for us today. We fell, we need a Saviour. I guess the question is: "Where does the myth stop, and ACTUAL history begin?" That is where I am not so sure. Regardless, Genesis is very profitable, whether or not, it is to be taken literally. My 2 cents.