why is it so hard to think of God as a symbol of the timeless, eternal, evolving universe...rather than "humanizing" it and believing that an intelligent entity created everything? Because not everything in the Bible is meant to be taken symbolically. If you would devote yourself to discovering the truth about God, you would find that He is a reality. "believe in both creation and evolution" -- it's trying to trick reasonable people into believing the occult is reasonable. I know God exists. Therefore I believe He created the universe. The exact process by which He did His creating, I haven't the foggiest idea. If the best explanation science has to offer is Big Bang and evolution, I'm okay with that. I am no scientist and therefore am not in a position to disagree. Therefore I, like many in this thread, believe in both creation and evolution. Your assumption that this duality stems from trickery is a very bold and very wrong assumption. I hope my summary of why I believe in both helps alleviate some of the misgivings you have about us "dualists."