|But again it goes back to what I said about the Bible's function being for spiritual growth not to answer the scientific and historical questions of the world.|
"A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. The name of the first in the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are also there.) The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush. The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Asshur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates."
Especially with this passage included in the creation narrative, it points to a true, literal story.