My name is Lucas Mix, and I am an Episcopal priest, author, and martial artist. Currently, I work as a writer and speaker on biology and Christianity. I spent last year at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, NJ. Our research topic was societal implications of astrobiology (the study of origins, extent, and diversity of life in space). You can find out more about astrobiology at the NASA Astrobiology website. My continuing research explores historical and contemporary “life-concepts” – what work do we want to do in biology, theology, law, medicine, ethics, etc. What’s at stake in defining life?
In my life, I’ve done a little of everything; I’ve been a preacher, a pastor, a scientist, a technician, a teacher, and an athlete. This blog is an attempt to bring all of that together into some meaningful whole. For context, I have a doctorate in evolutionary biology from Harvard and a masters in divinity from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. My first book, Life in Space: Astrobiology for Everyone came out in March 2009 and talks about what we know from science about the history of life in the universe. It also deals with some the philosophical foundations and implications of astrobiology. My most recent book, Thinking Fair: Rules for Reason in Science and Religion explores how we think critically in science, in religion, and in putting the pieces together to understand the world we inhabit. It also suggests ways to be mindful about shaping our own knowledge and beliefs.
I am currently an “independent scholar” and a member of the Ronin Institute, which facilitates quality research outside the regular institutional boundaries of department and university.
I’m also an instructor at Enso Center for International Arts, a non-profit arts organization that specializes in martial, fine, and healing arts. I have a deep love of Hapkido (the Korean art of balance taking).
Please check out the pages below and some of my other materials to find out more about science, religion, and my perspective on life:
- Mindfulness and community around serving in religion and science through the Society of Ordained Scientists
- Discussions on life and death across disciplines at Harvard and MIT 2013-2015
- Discussions on religion and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona 2010-13
- My poetry: Species of Love
Thank you for visiting and may all the blessings of joy, peace, and purpose find you.
PS. Traditionally, an ecclesiastical peculiar was a church outside the normal diocesan structure. An academic peculiar belonged to the university rather than the diocese. A royal peculiar belonged to the king. Trying to straddle the divide between academia and religion, between faith and science, I’ve always liked the phrase.