In a hint of criticisms that will appear throughout the book, Loftus points out that “In Genesis chapter 1 we see that the Earth existed before the sun, moon and stars, which…doesn’t square with astronomy”. (p. 26)
This objection assumes that the creation account starts at the Big Bang and is from an omniscient perspective. Actually, the account seems to be written from an earthly perspective. The account picks up at the formation of the Earth and is recorded as if a terrestrial observer were present. In that regard, it does not contradict science at all. Loftus returns to the creation account again in later chapters.
The objection underscores that it is important to keep an open mind when reading the Bible. Many people remain unwilling to entertain different perspectives. When this is the case, objections like this one will result.