It was written to help Christians resolve the conflict between faith and science by informing believers about the nature of ancient cosmology and contrasting it with a modern scientific worldview.
Though both appear to address the similar topic of "origins" they differ in method - and purpose. Once you can accept this difference between the two approaches, it becomes easier to accept the conflicts between them - without rejecting either.
Creation in the Bible
Today most Evangelicals look at the creation account in Genesis to answer our questions of what happened. But Origin is not the primary concern of the creation account in the Bible. Without the secular scientific worldview as a competitor the question of Origin wasn't really that important of a question. Belief in god(s) was practically universal in the Ancient World - so every account of where we came from would have been supernatural in nature. The important question to ancient people, was not How everything got here, but Why? What is the purpose (or telos) of creation?
To answer this question Ancient People took the common knowledge of the day (our divine origin,) and made the necessary edits demanded by their religious traditions. When contrasted to one another, these edits - the points where the stories differ - reveal each religions unique insight into the nature of God, and our human purpose and destiny.
Many Christians today in response to secularism, look to the creation account to provide answers about to answer about How everything got here. Some people use observations of the natural world to support the details of the creation narrative in order to resolve tension created by the scientific worldview. Whether its an inch of dust on the moon, human footprints next to dinosaur tracks, or seas shells found on the top of mountains. This methodology is called Folk Science (or pseudo-science,) because such explanations are designed to reinforce a an pre-existing paradigm, not open to alternate suggestions, and makes claims that are ultimately un-testable.
The Scientific Approach to Origin
The goal of science, on the other hand, is to strive for an entirely empirical explanation of how we got here. Because its approach requires proof and verification, science does not concern itself with Why, purpose, or destiny? These questions are beyond the realm of scientific inquiry. That is not the same thing as saying these answers do not exist - the full on embrace of materialism which goes beyond the appropriate bounds of science and makes metaphysical assumptions about the universe based on its own limited knowledge - could be called Scientism, and is itself a faith based system.
blog where he interacted with his readers and had developed an extensive video series for Christian educators on his Youtube channel. Then one day - I'm not sure when - it all just vanished.
Glover's video series 20 or 30 videos of about 20 minutes each, was really excellent. I watched the entire series. A couple of years ago, I started showing them to my wife, when we were discussing how to explain this stuff to our kids.
Now they are gone - without so much as an explanation.
Around 2010 Glover linked up with the BioLogos foundation, he has a couple of posts there. But even they have not heard from him in several years. He has no author page on Amazon, and no presence on social media that I have yet discovered. Man I wish I had made copies of these videos when I had the chance. You don't expect public figures to do this unless they are J.D. Salinger, or Richard Simmons. At least these men left their work behind when they left the public eye.
When a work that someone has published has shaped you in some way, and you want to share it with others, you can't help feeling a bit betrayed, and curious. That's why were interested in books like "In Search of J.D. Salinger," and podcasts like "Missing Richard Simmons."
Anyhow, there are a few copies of his book left on Amazon - all used. I can't recommend this book highly enough. Apparently, I am not the only person who feels like this is a great loss. There is the open forum discussion on Gordon Glover's whereabouts on BioLogos (here). I've also pasted the discussion below.
empty Youtube playlist.