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Dr. James Wanliss

Dr. James Wanliss

Listen to a brief interview with James as he shares excerpts from sessions and discusses his heart for ministering to homeschooling parents and families.

Dr. James Wanliss is a scientist, author, and speaker. Originally from South Africa, he now lives in South Carolina with his wife, Esther, and their two precious homeschooled girls. He is passionate about knowing God and sharing the love of Christ with his family, the homeschool community, and anyone else who will listen!
 
In addition to undergraduate degrees in applied mathematics and physics and an MS in geophysics, Dr. Wanliss holds a PhD in plasma physics. He conducted postdoctoral studies in space weather at the Canadian Space Agency and has been a visiting researcher at the Japanese Space Agency, UCLA, and the University of Washington. He has also done research as a visiting associate professor at Kyung-Hee University in South Korea, the Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory at Nagoya University in Japan, and Clemson University. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, most notably the prestigious CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation awarded to outstanding scholar-teachers; and he serves as an expert reviewer for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change.
 
Dr. Wanliss has published more than fifty peer-reviewed papers and has lectured on topics as diverse as homeschooling, parenting, global warming, Christian apologetics, space weather, and the relation of theology to science.
 
Hear Dr. Wanliss Speak
 
Listen to a brief interview with James as he shares excerpts from sessions and discusses his heart for ministering to homeschooling parents and families.
 
 
James’s Speaking Topics
 

Why we are all green now: Understanding Environmentalism
In this seminar, Dr. James Wanliss—university physics professor, space scientist, and expert reviewer for the United Nations IPCC—explains the emergence of environmentalism and Dark Green religion and why the Church, particularly young people, risk modifying the gospel in favor of ecocentric sensibilities. Is this good or bad for the church and society? This is a seminar for those wanting to understand the worldview, theology, ethics, and politics of the Green movement and to have those views subjected to a penetrating, biblically grounded critique by a practicing scientist and Christian.

The Savior of Science
Early Christians believed that God revealed himself in both the Bible and nature, but mostly in the Bible. There was a time when science without reference to God was impossible. Now science with God is anathema. Many no longer consider the Word of God a source of truth, much less the source of truth. Many see science putting the nail in the coffin of God. In this lecture Dr. James Wanliss, university professor and space physicist, gets to the root of the question and provides a clear biblical survey to show how Christianity is the best friend science could have because Jesus is both the source and Savior of science. James encourages parents and students to gain a biblical understanding of the benefits and limits of science.

 
Dark Matter, String Theory, Big Bangs, and Quantum Mechanics
Science, many believe, portrays matter moving in spiritual ballet with tender, mystical qualities like energy. Life flows from, through, and to cosmic ripples of organic energy and quantum fields of green upon which we gaze. Is this so? Are we just energy in organized motion? And is the universe just one of many parallel universes? Is existence itself only the vibrations of multidimensional quantum strings? How can nothing go “bang”? In this lecture, Dr. James Wanliss, university professor and space physicist, explores several of the strangest theories in physics. He examines the implications of some of the more recent theories, showing how biblical principles can be used to learn the difference between theories that are potentially useful and those that are vain philosophy and falsely called science (1 Timothy 6:20).
 
Science Preparation for College
In this seminar, Dr. James Wanliss—university physics professor, space scientist, and homeschooling father—gives advice on preparing students for college courses. Surprisingly, it is not the sciences but the arts and social studies that are most influenced and enthralled by evolutionary dogma because lip service is still paid to the objective pursuit of truth in the sciences. The other areas have long since rejected the idea that their educational mission is to impart truth. They claim the only truth is . . . that there is no truth! James offers advice and ammunition to parents and students, instructing them how to survive and thrive in an intellectual environment that is often hostile to their faith and ideals. He presents several personal stories gleaned from interacting with students at college to illustrate his points.
 
Materialism Is Dead
In this seminar, Dr. James Wanliss, college professor and space physicist, examines the rise and fall of the view of science which holds that only matter exists. He dismantles the arguments and pretensions of the new atheists, such as Richard Dawkins. He shows that those who think that there must be a conflict between science and Christianity understand neither science nor religion. He presents a robust biblical theism as a good and altogether more convincing alternative.
 
Why Everyone Should Study Physics
If you have a passion for understanding how things work and enjoy scientific experiments and mathematics, then you should study physics. But what about students who prefer reading books to reading the book of nature? In this seminar, Dr. James Wanliss, space physicist and college professor, explains the benefits of studying the most precise of the physical sciences. For instance, students with a good grasp of physics are among the most sought-after candidates at law school, medical school, and architecture school because physics teaches the importance of truly critical thinking. It encourages a thinking process that grapples with truth, and it also requires the creativity and clear thinking that is able to deal intelligently with the physical world. In case you were wondering, James loves reading books, and his favorite subject is history!
 
Learning Mathematics from the Bible
Christian homeschooling must avoid baptized secularism, which builds a Christian façade on the flimsy foundations of secular scholarship. We need to recover a Christian worldview; its immovable foundation is the Rock—Jesus Christ—the very Word of God. But surely in their worldviews, Christians and non-Christians can agree that mathematics is neutral? Everyone knows that 1+1=2. Do they indeed?! In this seminar, Dr. James Wanliss, space physicist and college professor, explains how agreement in mathematics is not so widespread or uncorrelated with religious belief as textbooks argue. James demonstrates convincingly that only on a consistent biblical basis can we genuinely understand and affirm the real agreement about mathematical truths.
 
Thousands, Not Billions
In this seminar, Dr. James Wanliss, who holds graduate degrees in physics and geophysics, explains why he trusts the Bible teaching that God made the cosmos in six days, a few thousand years ago. He argues that there is no contradiction between the Bible and science; and he clearly explains the biblical arguments and scientific
evidence for an earth created thousands, not billions, of years ago. He discusses recent experimental evidence of a variable speed of light, explains how this affects modern radioactive dating methods, and shows that they grossly overestimate realistic timescales. He explains how studying paleontology at college led him to reject the evolutionary scenario so aggressively taught throughout society.
 
Amusing Our Children to Death
In this seminar Dr. James Wanliss—homeschool father, college professor, and space physicist—asks a simple question: How should we entertain our children? Entertainment wastes time and goods and wastes our minds when not used productively. Time is first consumed in thinking, planning, and talking about it. Then more time, as well as wealth, is taken up in actually doing it. At some point all parents have to cope with children complaining that they are bored. In frustration or exhaustion, parents may be tempted to offer their children entertainment recommended by the world. But the problem is that worldly entertainment invariably fosters self-indulgence and strengthens a rebellious will. Drawing from biblical examples and personal experience, James shows how parents can create appetites in their children to encourage them to hunger and thirst after righteousness instead.
 
Teaching Reading Is Rocket Science
In this seminar, Dr. James Wanliss, rocket scientist and space physicist, explains why reading is the fundamental skill upon which all formal education depends. Drawing from his own childhood experiences, practical knowledge gained through teaching his two children at home, and his years as a college professor, James encourages parents to relax and see that the best preparation for advanced study is a rock-solid grasp of the educational fundamentals.
 
The State of American Education
In this seminar, Dr. James Wanliss, space physicist and college professor, discusses the state of American education in the twenty-first century. Drawing from his experience as homeschool father, scientist, educator, and national reviewer of state education standards, he traces the history of American education from the Puritans to the present. In his experience, James finds that far from being anti-intellectual, homeschoolers are increasingly among the best qualified students in college. He shows how resting on the foundation of Jesus Christ as we homeschool offers the only reasonable hope for a society that has lost all hope in the future.
 
Six Steps to Self-Confidence
In this seminar, Dr. James Wanliss, university physics professor and space scientist, explains how he turned from a shy child incapable of raising his voice in public to an international speaker. James has made hundreds of scientific presentations in more than ten countries. He is the winner of the prestigious National Science Foundation Career Award and expert reviewer for the United Nations IPCC. James explains how submission to God liberates us and how we find our greatest purpose in serving Jesus with the talents He has given us. In addition, he offers six simple steps that almost anyone can use to build confidence as one made in the image of God.
 
A Biblical Philosophy of Education
In this seminar Dr. James Wanliss—homeschool father, college professor, and space physicist—asks what it takes to achieve the goal expressed in Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Our basic duty as parents and home educators is found in these words. Dr. Wanliss develops values upon which Christian homeschools will thrive as he draws practical educational principles from the wisdom of the Bible.
 
Abraham, the Good Father
In this seminar, Dr. James Wanliss, university physics professor and space scientist, encourages fathers to engage with the mission of homeschooling their children. As a busy college professor and researcher, he knows the personal struggle of balancing work demands with the need to guide the education of his children. After a busy day at work, helping homeschool is a challenge for any dad. Fathers have too often ceded responsibility to mothers, who have their own frustrations trying to teach their kids singlehandedly. James refocuses the mission, encouraging busy fathers to aim for the glory of God in raising their children. But how? James gives tips and biblical examples to help them take charge and to be godly fathers and husbands.
 
Yuri Gagarin to Lady Gaga
Modern American culture insists that Christians need to be quiet because no one is interested in their subjective (meaning “not true”) religious experiences. Too many Christians accept this status quo. Walking around in a blur, they are afraid to speak of King Jesus for fear of giving offense. In this seminar, James challenges homeschoolers to realize that in this world there are only two religions—what Romans 1 calls worship of the creation or worship of the Creator. This seminar will help homeschool parents and students reclaim the Christian heritage of clear thinking and learn how to address and offer hope to a culture which now believes there is no truth. For “. . . where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17).
 

Why we are all green now: Understanding Environmentalism
In this seminar, Dr. James Wanliss—university physics professor, space scientist, and expert reviewer for the United Nations IPCC—explains the emergence of environmentalism and Dark Green religion and why the Church, particularly young people, risk modifying the gospel in favor of ecocentric sensibilities. Is this good or bad for the church and society? This is a seminar for those wanting to understand the worldview, theology, ethics, and politics of the Green movement and to have those views subjected to a penetrating, biblically grounded critique by a practicing scientist and Christian.

Resisting the Green Dragon
In this seminar, Dr. James Wanliss—university physics professor, space scientist, and expert reviewer for the United Nations IPCC—explains the emergence of Dark Green religion and how it targets the church, particularly young people. James is author of the groundbreaking book Resisting the Green Dragon. In this seminar, he shows how environmentalism is no longer concerned so much about a healthful environment but is actually a new religion. This is a seminar for those wanting to understand the worldview, theology, ethics, and politics of the Green movement and to have those views subjected to a penetrating, biblically grounded critique by a practicing scientist and Christian.

 
Christian Stewardship of the Cosmos
In this seminar, Dr. James Wanliss—university physics professor, space scientist, and expert reviewer for the United Nations IPCC—goes to Genesis through Revelation to discuss the nature of Christian environmental stewardship. Today the biblical view of man as ruler and steward over nature is turned upside down by two evil twins. One teaches that man is an intruder, that nature is intrinsically valuable and sacred, and that God and nature are inseparable. The other teaches that man is the measure of all things and can do as he pleases. The Bible presents a more balanced picture of world and our role in it—a role that is primarily redemptive. Application of a properly developed Christian worldview means that liberty, science, and technology can be a blessing to humanity and nature rather than a curse and threat to the environment. Anyone concerned about biblical Christian stewardship of the environment will find this seminar encouraging and enlightening.
 
Sustainability 101
In the past ten years a new phenomenon called sustainability has risen. Politicians talk about it; movie stars preach it; colleges and schools teach it. What does it mean? Clearly it something to do with “being green.” Sustainability is a condition that arises when capitalism and hierarchy are abolished; individuals are made to see themselves as “citizens of the world”; and a new order materializes on the basis of eco-friendliness, social justice, and new forms of economic distribution. Sustainability gurus have a mantra for our time—simply “Stop the world.” In this view, human development that matters must stop—freeze in time like a mosquito trapped in amber. Dr. James Wanliss, author of Resisting the Green Dragon, explains how this manifestation of Dark Green religion wants a change not only of consciousness and religion, but also of institutions and ways of living. He gives pointers on how to deal with sustainability in a biblically sound manner.
 
Global Warming and Climate Change 101
In this seminar, Dr. James Wanliss—university physics professor, space scientist, and expert reviewer for the United Nations IPCC—examines the facts and fictions behind global warming/climate change. He challenges the oft-repeated claim that nearly all scientists demand that something dramatic be done to stop global warming. In fact, a large and growing number of distinguished scientists and engineers do not agree that drastic actions on global warming are needed. James shows how Earth and its ecosystems—created by God’s intelligent design and infinite power and sustained by His faithful providence—are robust, resilient, self-regulating, self-correcting, admirably suited for human flourishing, and displaying His glory. Earth’s climate system is no exception. Recent global warming is one of many natural cycles of warming and cooling in geologic history.
 
I Do Not Like Green Eggs and Ham!
What do Jiminy Cricket, Pumba, Pocahontas, Bambi, and Brother Bear have in common? Aside from being fabulously cute Disney creations, they all teach about the powerful religious implications of stirring the imagination. In this seminar, college professor James explores nature spirituality and religion taught extensively in modern culture from Avatar to Dr. Seuss. These manifestations of erupting nature spirituality in America are specifically designed to gain young converts by targeting impressionable children. James explains the dangers behind this Green religion and its pagan worldview and helps parents communicate with their children regarding the Christian view of life, the universe, and everything else.
 
“Ecopalypse” Now!
It is not just media, politicians, and teachers pushing environmental hysteria; now corporations want to fly high on the Green breeze. Delta Airlines has turned its in-flight magazine into a Green rag, with almost every edition now carrying some tiresome story about environmental apocalypse. One edition featured a discussion with Earth Day cofounder Denis Hayes, who longs for a national program with the motto, “Ask not what the Earth can do for you, but what you can do for the Earth.” Another edition was entitled “Mother Earth.” In this seminar, Dr. James Wanliss—university physics professor, space scientist, and expert reviewer for the United Nations IPCC—examines the scientific facts and fictions behind numerous environmental scares.
 
Green Hyperbole on a Blue Planet
Dr. James Wanliss—university physics professor, space scientist, and expert reviewer for the United Nations IPCC—shares the story of how he entered the environmental debate. It began when he taught a course that examined scientifically several prominent claims of the Green movement that proved to be either false or highly exaggerated. In this seminar, James shows how Earth and its ecosystems are not the unstable products of chance, fragile as Humpty Dumpty, but are designed by God to be resilient and self-regulating. He gives numerous examples of how God maintains the world, upholding and regulating its every part. God is not a distracted Creator. God is a most attentive lover. Because He sovereignly foreordains whatsoever comes to pass, it follows that He preserves, governs, upholds, and regulates all things too. This uplifting seminar will impart to concerned Christians a positive outlook as we look from the present toward the glorious City of God in the book of Revelation.
 
 
 

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