There is an ON-LINE essay that discusses how to interpret the Bible in areas where it conflicts with science.
Part 1 of the essay is at
Part 2 of the essay is at
The essay is summarized at
http://scienceblogs.com/evolutionblog/2010/02/interpreting_genesis.php like this:
"The article is by Kenton Sparks, a professor of Biblical Studies at Eastern University. His argument will be entirely familiar to connoisseurs of this issue. The Bible, you see, was never intended to teach us science. Augustine and Calvin understood that if the Bible conflicts with well-established scientific truths, then it is our understanding of scripture that must yield. Modern creationists err in treating Genesis like a science textbook, and would do better to adopt the attitude of Augustine and Calvin."
Of COURSE that is correct.