are you suggesting that Christ is available independently of the Church, the Book, and the servants?
Not independently of the message of the Book - though I suppose even then we could get into a discussion of the well-known fact of Moslems who become Christians initially because God meets them in a dream or vision. Presumably, such would not consider reading the Book or or attending a church, and God can (and does) find exceptional means. However, discussion of exceptional events is probably not what you are asking me about.
No - there is a big difference between saying the Bible is the final and sufficient authority, given to us by God, for faith and practice, and saying that its first eleven chapters must be taken literally. Whether Gen. 1-11 is historical or not, the soteriology of the Bible sets before us the way of salvation. That, all Evangelicals believe.
I think it's safe to assume this is something Orthodoxy and Catholicism essentially agrees with as well.
Why can't the first 11 chapters be seen as oral tradition that was later written down. Some type of ancient recorded memory. They spoke about our origins in the way they knew how, in a way that could be memorized from generation to generation.
There's some truth to some of the stories because other traditions that lived at the same time have told it in different ways. But the literal truth of the matter doesn't even hold enough weight of importance to the reason of our salvation: Christ.
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Vain existence can never exist, for "unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain." (Psalm 127)
If the faith is unchanged and rock solid, then the gates of Hades never prevailed in the end.