Christianity and science can easily live together?
How is prayer scientific? Closing your eyes and talking to yourself inside your own head while an invisible, undetectable, mind-reading being grants your wishes is scientific? How about the talking donkey in the Bible? Should that be included in biology textbooks? How about heaven and hell and souls? Where is the science in that?
The 'smart' Christians that you speak of just pick and choose the parts of the Bible they want to take as symbolic or literal, depending on what fits in with their current scientific view of the world.