It never offends me if someone wants to blend science with faith. What perturbs me is the hypocrisy of those who should be our guardians of knowledge. (I'm resisting a contradictory sidebar about Genesis 1-3 and 'knowledge' here.) By definition, Scientists ought to be agnostic about everything, but in practice they're atheists. And maybe that much is fine. But declaring that theories are facts - well, that's just downright unscientific!
Assuming there is no God, I'd agree that bazillions of years would be needed to balance out the insanely long odds of macro-evolution actually happening. Yes, that's somewhat plausible. If there were no God, I'd agree Evolution must be what explains life today.
But assuming God *is*, and even assuming a very old earth, I have heard of no evidence to show that one kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus or species evolved from another. Thus, reversing the first sentence of this post - if you can believe God directed evolution through bazillions of years, then you can believe God brought life forth from thin air, dirt and water. Easy hop.
Skeptics ought to be skeptical. Believers, believe whatever seems most believable. I just want to go on record that what bothers me most is when this tide turns one way or the other from social pressure, more than anything else. I don't like when clerical authorities pronounce (and enforce) unfounded dogmas, and I feel just the same with these high priests of "science".
The earth is the Lord's, and all that is in it. That may just be all that we know.