The nice thing about defending one’s religious beliefs is that it’s always possible. In fact, “religious logic” is so flexible it can come up with two contradicting conclusions at the same time. Man was of course “created” by God, but evolution was intelligently designed.
The game of justifying new scientific findings which seem to contradict ancient texts – is intriguing. All one needs is a bit of creativity and a suitable audience, both are easy to find. For religion this is a “win win” situation: If X is discovered, X can be justified. If “not X” is discovered then “not X” can be explained just as easily. Both ways, religion is promoted.
Take the new discovery of liquid water on Mars, for example: Suppose science proceeds to discovering some form of life (say, bacteria) – the religious scholars are sure to follow with pieces of sacred texts, describing how “global” life is, and how it may be connected with the “skies” etc. If, however, no life is eventually found – the preachers will re-emphasize how “central” Earth is within God’s alleged plan. Either way, religious comes out with its hand on the top.
Hence it is extremely difficult to argue with religion, mainly because of the way the very notion of “argument” is understood. In religious terms, “arguing” is not presenting and comparing evidence – “arguing” is how to twist the words to always show I’m right.