Well, I wanted to ask this question because it seems that the conflict between evolution and anti-evolution often leaves the impression it is believer vs non-believer.
You've got it right.
It's not about science, of course, because how many people honestly know anything at all about the extremely complicated subject that is biological evolution? Honestly? Hardly any. Certainly none who have not purposely researched the subject on their own and/or taken many good college-level courses on the subject.
So it's not about science. It's about faith.
It's good enough for most Christians for you to simply say you believe in Jesus Christ. Anything past that is secondary. Just say you're on the team and you're good. You can even believe in the Big Bang if you want so long as you say "Well Jesus could have started the Big Bang."
What you're seeing and apparently involving yourself in is religious evolution. It is all nice and fun to pretend that religion and evolutionary science can be good buddies, but do not forget the overwhelming oppression of free thought by Christian authorities back when Christianity ruled on a political as well as spiritual level. This was not arbitrary, because scientists (truth) transformed the Bible forever; from a sacrosanct work of absolute truth to a bedtime story tome.
And that evolution of the Bible did not occur within religion; popes and religious leaders did not, on their own, discover that it was all merely parables, that was their survival reaction
based on it being proved wrong by disinterested parties (scientists simply studying the earth).
So while you might accept the belief that the two co-exist, remember that one (religion) is always
looking at the other (evolutionary science) with a wary and aggressive eye while the other is simply minding its own business. And, of course, there's the not-so-small matter of the entire anti-evolution movement being Christian... big coincidence there, eh?
Religious leaders might embrace Darwinism, but do not delude yourself into thinking that the motivation is anything but the desire to simply stay alive
. You cannot fight the truth for too long, even by hanging the spectre of hell and Satan over someone's head.
This is not to say that there is a Christian Illuminati holed up in some dark room making policy. It's simply the natural evolution of popular thought. Societies are reticent to change (putting it lightly here) and if romantic ideals of ages past can be provided they will happily indulge their own desire to romanticize their collective past, the "good old days" when men didn't come from ancestral primates and women stayed in their place.
That's the perspective of a Christian-gone-atheist who knows a ton of Christians (including his entire family).