True, and the stars is where I believe the dust came from. However if you start believing genesis as literal truth it precludes even the dust coming from the stars, and we have massive amounts of evidence saying that it does. As such it follows that genesis is not literal.
John Polkingshore, a minister and quantum physicist, has written several books explaining how the apparent contradiction between science and religion exists only on the surface.
I believe that with science we have the how,but with religion we have the why.I myself am an aspie (one with Asperger's syndrome) whose "specialty subject" (as we like to call them) is science. All science. However, my love for God has produced a thirst for knowledge in the area of theology so great as to exceed the one for science, but the two live harmoniously in my head together. Most people have come to the conclusion "let there be light=big bang." I have enough sense to believe that the universe wasn't created in just six days. When I hear or read "Let there be light" I imagine in my head God saying those words as "he" explodes the universe out from his being. All the galaxies and stars and nebulae... It's beautiful. I can't even listen to this song or it's album (called "Ghosts upon the earth") without weeping! : www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NuVNN… Last I checked, it had one of the few comment threads on youtube that isn't filled with absurdly horrible grammar and\or non-sequitur bigotry.
"In science we have been reading only the notes to a poem; in Christianity we find the poem itself."-- "Miracles," Ch. 14, by C.S. Lewis
What happened the Christians interpreted the Jesus Christ story the incorrect way? What if Jesus Christ is an allegorical representation about the stars giving up its life span to create humanity? Think about it.
I think there is a lot of support, its just a bit more difficult to figure out where to go for it. Its getting easier now with larger organisations being formed for just that purpose. If you ever want to speak to someone, or if you know anyone who might want to discuss something I am always willing to talk
The first book I would suggest you read would be "The Selfish Gene" by Richard Dawkins, this doesn't actually have a great deal to do with atheism, but it has plenty of science and I guarantee it will change how you look at the world. A good follow up book would be "why Evolution Is True" by Jerry A. Coyne, and another book that would be fantastic would be "The God Delusion", also by Richard Dawkins. After that it does depend on what kind of stuff you like. I don't actually read much specifically on atheism, I tend to find that if you read books written on other subjects by atheists you will get a better understanding of WHY people are atheists, rather than the arguments that they SAY are the reason.
Personally I find it tends to be simply that god does not have any rational explanation when looked at with consideration to what we know about the universe we are in.
I'll have you know that I was a Christian for the majority of my life. I also did not call Jesus an illiterate goat herder, I called him a fictitious character dreamed up by illiterate goat herders. What do you know about the original writing of the bible?
Personally I find it so sad that you don't have the individuality to question what you have been told by other people.