The root of the problem is a desire to reinforce Biblical inerrancy by insisting on a strictly literal interpretation of scripture.
For example, in 1633, Galileo was found guilty of heresy because he dared to assert that the Earth moved around a central Sun. The case against him was based on these scriptures:
1Chronicles 16:30, Psalm 93:1, Psalm 96:10, Psalm 104:5, Ecclesiastes 1:5, Joshua 10:12-13, and Isaiah 40:22.
Of course, these days we all know that Galileo was correct, the Inquisition was wrong, and everybody interprets those scriptures allegorically. The reason the Inquisition was wrong is because they insisted that Biblical inerrancy was absolute, even if it contradicted the observed behavior of God's other perfect creation, the universe we humans occupy.
History is repeating itself. These days we are besieged by Evangelical fundamentalists who are so fixated on Biblical inerrancy that they insist evolution is impossible, despite massive evidence that it is not only possible, but is the central organizing principle of biology. The result has been that millions of people have been driven away from Christianity because it has become necessary to check your brains at the door when entering a church. The explosion of atheism this century and the emerging war on Christianity is a direct result of Evangelicals being unable to accept that, if the Bible is to remain a timeless truth, it must be interpreted in a way that is consistent with mankind's current understanding of the universe we occupy. Evolution is an incontrovertible fact and relentlessly insisting otherwise, for the sake of a simple-minded literal interpretation of Genesis, is destroying Christianity.