Other Christians often feel totally unconcerned by either question, because they have other values. Connected with this is the unnecessary controversy over the 'Six Days' of Creation.Indeed, the Protestant questions seem to us to be false problems. This is another fundamentalist misunderstanding of what is at the beginning of Genesis.The word 'day is simply a word for an unknown period of time, unknown indeed to modern science also. If God is the Ancient of Days, then does this mean that he is scarcely out of His infancy?!There are many other such examples in the Scriptures of the use of the word 'day', not meaning twenty-four hours. Such misunderstandings were called by the outstanding Russian religious philosopher, V. Ilyin, 'bad literalism and bad naivete in reading and understanding the Word of God' (Ilyin, The Six Days of Creation, Paris 1991, p.161).Thus, the modern question: 'Are we alone in the universe?' is simply absurd, in the light of the knowledge that there exists not only the visible world, but also the invisible world.
Just as Protestants struggle with the issue of 'women-priests', they also struggle with the issue of interpreting the Book of Genesis. This is why we date the Christian calendar from the Birth of Christ (and even here there are mistakes).
Many simply assume that this means the sky (and the planets and stars that are in it) and the earth.
In fact, 'heaven' means the invisible creation, that is the angelic powers, and the visible creation.
That is, they do not understand the Scriptures spiritually, ascetically, allegorically, poetically, but only literally. This explains why Darwin's theories have posed far fewer problems in both Roman Catholic and Orthodox societies than in Protestant societies.
Protestant culture is overwhelmingly literary and verbal, it is weak in terms of symbols and allegories, just as it is weak in its development of art, painting and music.