Good Shepherd
Initiative

FREE Since 1983

Sid Galloway BS, M.Div. (Biograhical Information)
Just an OLD sheepdog
of our Good Shepherd Creator Christ

Ask the animals,
and they will teach you,
.. Which of all these
does not know
that the LORD's hand
has done this?
In His hand is the
soul (nephesh)
of every creature and the breath of all mankind"
Job 12:7-9

Worldview
of your
Good Shepherd
Creator: Christ
Human Trafficking & Slavery
Don't Just Happen
(Jesus said in Mark 7:21-23)

Would a "good" God design
"survival of the fittest"
as His WAY?
(Isaiah 65:25)

Rights - Any discussion about human rights (slavery, oppression) or animal rights (cruelty, abuse) must first address our Creator's rights. He has the right to command how we treat both His people and His animals.

Scotty the Good Shepherd
Service Sheepdog


3 Videos Animal Friends * *
Otis ----- Zoe ---- River


Suzy service-dog genius
(more below)

Responsibilities - Jesus said the root cause of suffering in this world is a distorted view of and/or the rejection of the true WAY of our Creator. (John 8:1-59)

sidotter


"Squirt" the Otter


Releasing rehabbed critters


Atchafalaya Swamp

Mistakes - Man's self-serving, misguided, mischaracterizations of God have historically led to personal and cultural conflict, corruption, and collapse.

Hope - Discovering the WHO?, the WHY?, and the "WAY"? of origins is the foundation for true transformation.

Mike's "service-frog"


Therapy Zorse & Zeedonk

Change - Truly lasting change for individuals and cultures must begin at the cornerstone - the Creator of creation.


Darwin's Self-image
by Mike Galloway


Formal"Boatie" - Lizaboa

"Then I looked again
at all the acts of oppression
which were being done
under the sun.
And behold I saw
the tears
of the oppressed
and that they had
no one to comfort them;
and on the side of their
oppressors was power,
but they had
no one to comfort them."
Ecclesiastes 4:1


Wild Rory - paralyzed by gun shot yet grateful
for loving care

raccoon_river_sidarms


L'l River raccoon


"Flower"


Candy-cane corn snake


Opossum Brothers:
Tom & Jerry


Brother Tom


Animal-Assisted GSI



Scotty my service dog
assistant :-)


Scotty doing his job well


God's living teddy-bears


Missing the old days


My Proverbs 31 wife
meeting my old girlfriend, elephant "Jean"


Old friends Jean & Panya meet my daughter


Jean meets her keeper's son



Mandy Clouded Leopard who saved me from suicide


My morning greeters
Akela & Rakshi
Back in the den they'd beg me to rub their heads
to start the day.


Shiva -my PTSD leopard
raised by humans, terrified of other leopards


Bratar:the cowardly lion


Rani: Bratar's sister :-(

Banu - my favorite comedian who loved to prank people


Candra, Banu's mom


Banu teasing Candra


Byomi asking for a treat


Ali the bitter black panther who learned love


Zoe: disabled squirrel
born with no tail / only 3 feet
- even more lovable


Scotty meets his first gator


Marriage in Christ


Suzy protecting her rescued puppy


Molly the semi-blind Opossum Lady


Little Blue
- transferred to Fed. rehab


Big Red
- gunshot wound


Baby Huey acting tough


Scotty's piggy


Rescuing Stubby
(see his Facebook page)


Audubon Zoo memories


Lizaboa Animal Assistant


David & elephant Panya


Mr. Galloway
Old Sheepdog


Charlie
Russian Legless Lizard


Hawk - Barron
powerful talons


Otis - hit by car


Little River as a baby


Little River
working on the lock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

GSI - Good Shepherd Initiative - Homepage

What is Knowledge?
What is Science?
What is Wisdom?


Otis Our One-eyed Owl

What is the source for accurate knowldege?

Epistemology is the technical term for the study of knowledge and its source. The biblical Greek term for "knowledge" is gnosis, which is used throughout the New Testament in many forms. So, a person who is not yet convinced that God exists is called an agnostic, meaning one "without knowledge", without gnosis. There are numerous realms of knowledge, therefore many fields of study, such as cosmology, biology, geology, psychology, sociology, philosophy, etc. Consider for a moment, even if you do not yet believe in God our Creator, what it would mean if a Creator God really does exist.

If He does exist, then learning and knowing accurately who our Creator is (i.e., what kind of person, what kind of character) would directly impact every other realm of knowledge and study. The study of God's character and his purpose for "his" creation would then logically overshadow and necessarily direct all other areas of knowledge. This "logical study of God" is called "Theology" (from theos & logikos). Consequently, if a Creator God exists, then our first and foremost academic effort should be, theology, that is to "know" our Creator in order to develop the most accurate and full knowledge of anything else we study in His universe.  Keep in mind that even agnostics, atheists, and even anti-theists hold to a theological perspective about “God” that under girds their worldview.   (John 17:3 and 23; 1 Kings 8:43; Isa 45:6; 2 Chr 6:33; …)  Agnostic theology says “God might exist”.  Atheistic theology says “God does not exist”.  Anti-theistic theology says “I hate the idea of God’s existence”.

When the secular world speaks about a source or method of knowledge for "scientific" study, it is often called the "philosophy of science". Philosophy is simply a Greek transliteration meaning the love (phileo) of wisdom (Sophia).  Similaryly, “science” is just a Latin transliteration for the term scientia, which means “knowledge”.  So, science is simply a systematic effort to discover and “know” the truth.

Please think logically and simply about the connections.  If a Creator God does exist as discussed above, then the first and most important source of knowledge for scientific study must begin not with man’s philosophical assumptions, but with God’s revelation in His Word.  And His Word begins by revealing the how, when, and most of all the WHY of His creation of everything. Therefore, individual fields of study are best described as "subsets" of Theology.

Science, in a universe created by a Creator God (an Intelligent Designer), should begin by first understanding the "theology of science". For example, in order for any branch of "psychology" (that is, the study of the psyche; Greek for study of the soul) to be the most accurate possible, it would logically need to be based on a careful "theology of the psyche" from the Creator’s perspective. The same would be true for cosmology, biology, geology, sociology, etc. Each field of study or "subject" of knowledge best fits under the overarching realm of "Theology" (God and His Word about that subject).

Existence of God and the subsequent priority of theology does not prevent man from discovering some of the "what" or "how" about the Creator's world (Romans 1:20). However, it does demonstrate man's limitation when it comes to knowing fully and most accurately the "WHY" regarding the creation.  For that, man needs special revelation from the Creator about Himself and His purpose.  Also, finite, temporal man is especially limited in the ability to “know” how and when things happened in the past. Only God who was there as an eyewitness of what He did, can tell us accurately. 

When scientists try to figure out when and how things happened in the past (like when a person’s decomposed dead body is found in a building), that is called forensic or historical science.  The same is true when trying to figure out when and how a dinosaur died by studying its remaining fossil.  This kind of investigation is indirect science about the past, not direct science about present events.  Direct scientific inquiry about present events is both observable and repeatable.  An example of direct science would be using a physics experiment to determine the force that a man can apply using a hammer to hit a nail.  All of the variables are presently observable and the event is repeatable.  The results of such direct science are very reliable.

In contrast, indirect (historical/forensic) science is about past events that are no longer observable and not repeatable.  Without eyewitnesses to verify when and how a person died, scientists must make many assumptions in this type of indirect science inquiry. When a science investigation is very indirect, the scientists must make many more uncertain assumptions about what, when, how, and why something happened. Obviously, more assumptions make the conclusions of those scientists much less certain. Keep in mind that when it comes to the distant past, God was always an eyewitness.

Scripture (God's written, revealed Word, the Bible) is the only inerrant source of knowledge for "WHY" the universe and man were created. Even the "WHEN" and "HOW" for the ORIGIN of space, time, matter, energy, and life (the first DNA coded information) as well as the varied types of creatures (new genetic and epigenetic bio-info) is something man alone apart from God cannot know for certain. "Why" the universe and man were created involves God's purpose and therefore our purpose in life. The Bible says God's purpose was for us to reflect His pure, loving character and a world like the Garden of Eden full of peace, harmony, and order.

* Perhaps this is the reason that man’s amazing, technological advances have not produced World Order, peace, unity, and security, but rather World Disorder, wars, ethnic holocausts, and now the threat of biological, chemical, and nuclear annihilation. Man alone cannot know and understand the Creator's purpose. It is only through special direct revelation from God that we discover His purpose for us is to live in peaceful, loving, harmony, not "survival of the fittest".


Please consider one more, crucial thing. Suppose that in addition to the existence of our Creator, it is also true that one of his most powerful and intelligence creatures (for example an angelic creature) had chosen self-serving rebellion against its Creator God. If this is also true, then logically that rebellious angel's most effective attack against its Creator would be to deceive others (humans) by distorting the Creator's true character.  

This leads to a key question about God and macroevolution:

Is God the Designer of the "survival of the fittest", pain, fear, suffering, and death that now saturates the world, or is He the Good Shepherd revealed throughout the Bible and in the incarnate person of Jesus the Messiah? What's your answer for the origin of suffering, not only among humans, but also animals? 

Clearly, the "theology of science" is not just some peripheral, trivial subject, but a foundationally ethical issue impacting the root of every moral issue. So, please embrace your personal responsibility to study and become knowledgeable regarding science in the light of God and His Word.

Logikos Apologetics

Defending Our Father's Honor &
the Character of Christ our Creator

BELOW is a 7 Part Apologetic Presentation Series
= 7 separate power point presentations
- total varies from approximately 700 to 1000 powerpoint slides
- Evidence supporting a biblical worldview
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100's of quotations from scholars in science & theology
- 100's of visuals illustrating & critiquing concepts, evidence, & conclusions
- Scores of video clips featuring internationally respected PhD's

The BLUE BOX outline below summarizes the 7-Part Series:
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Each of the 7 Power Points is linked after the blue box.

7-PART-APOLOGETICS

7 Separate powerpoints below:

1. Logic verifies God
2. - Mr. Galloway's NEW "Science verifies Creation"
Part-2 of his 7-Part 700-Slide
POWER POINT series on APOLOGETICS

3. History verifies Scripture
4. Religion verifies Christianity
5. Prophecy verifies Jesus
6. Time verifies Judgment
7. Action verifies Faithfulness

 

 

For more information on this vital subject,
I recommend the following:

- Dr. Danny Faulkner's critique of Dr. Hugh Ross's Apologetics

- Dr. John MacArthur's discussion of creation and its importance for having an accurate worldview

Many of my past articles and links to other resources will be uploaded as I continue to restructure
this personal, non-profit, free website.