Right, and as exchemist pointed out, that's a fairly recent movement, only the past couple centuries. Now, Christianity has a long history of mythical literalism to varying degrees, but it was rarely absolute, and the educated priesthood read the Bible with much more poetic metaphor. It was Evangelical Protestantism, during the tumultuous events of 17th century Europe, and the Great Awakening in North America, that kicked it into overdrive and created the current phenomenon of Biblical literalism. Most religions don't subscribe to myth-literalism. Mine certainly does not.