I can see that from your perspective, pretty much everything is a black/white issue.River, I mean this from the bottom of my heart. Please use some common sense. Human evolution is a black / white issue.
Again you show your black/white thinking. If I don't read Genesis the same way you do, then I must be "rejecting" it. No other possibilities even occur to you.Explain to me how you tie up genesis with human evolution. If you reject genesis, what do you visualise?
In simple terms, what is the point of Genesis 1&2? Is it a newspaper article written by God's ghost writer with the most important aspect being "this is how I did things"? If so, why so vague on the details? What does "let the earth bring forth..." mean? To me, that sounds like the earth "brought forth" all those things on its own according to God's design, and then He said "It is good".
When it says "And God said 'Let there be light'", that's not the same as "God directly made light", is it? God "let it be", didn't He? In fact, pretty much everything in Genesis 1 is God letting things happen.
As far as humans, again Genesis is pretty thin on the details. So if it's supposed to be a blueprint for how God makes things, why so vague? It just says "God created mankind in his own image", but it doesn't say how. In Genesis 2 we're told that man was "formed from the dust of the ground", but that can't be literally true since we're composed of a lot more than dust from the earth's ground, aren't we?
So there's a consistent theme in Genesis. When God creates, he "lets" things happen and doesn't give every last detail of the process. Why? Because whether God created via letting evolution work or by making us like little clay figurines isn't the point of Genesis. The point is that we fall short of God's glory and are in need of salvation. By obsessing over the details, you've lost sight of the big picture, overall point of the whole account.
With earlier species of hominids, that's consistent with the them of God letting the earth "bring forth" things. I believe that when H. sapiens reached a stage of intelligence, conscience, and morality, that's when God "breathed life" into us. That's when we acquired souls. After all, everything else on earth has life, doesn't it? So why do we have souls and chimps don't? We both "have life" do we not?
It's obvious. The "life" we have is different in that it is the gift of a soul, given directly by God.