Should the Biblical creation story be viewed as literal or figurative?
According to the dictionary, if something is literal it is completely true and accurate. If the story is figurative, then it departs from a literal use of words. It is symbolic or could be considered an allegory.
There are sections of the Bible that are not viewed as being literal. These sections are seen as poetry, parables, or allegorical stories.
My question, is why is the creation story seen as a literal account?