Pink Beams of Light From the God in the Gutter:
The Science-Fictional Religion of Philip K. Dick

by Gabriel Mckee

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"Science fiction has always been concerned with humankind's role in the expanding universe, and the purpose
of that universe itself; these questions are arguably also at the basis of all religious thought.  SF, then,
can be religious, but the question that the religious speculations of Philip K. Dick raise is rather:
can religion be science fictional?"
                                                  - from the preface



Pink Beams of Light From the God in the Gutter is a new exploration of the theology developed by Philip K. Dick following his religious experiences in 1974, placed in the context of Christian philosophy and Dick's earlier novels and stories.

 
Philip K. Dick’s science fiction included philosophical and religious themes since his earliest stories.  But late in his life Dick underwent a powerful and cryptic series of religious experiences after which these themes took a much more central place in his writing.  His final three novels are a fascinating exploration of the complex and ever-shifting theology of Dick’s mysticism.  In addition to these novels, Dick also wrote his “Exegesis”—an 8,000-page journal in which he tested, explored, and frequently rejected countless theories and theologies to explain what had happened to him.

This book explores the nature of Dick’s religious experience and writings.  It gives an overview of Dick’s religious experiences and his attempts at communicating them in published works, drawing on Dick’s fiction as well as his private journals and personal correspondence.  It then explores Dick’s religious ideas in the context of Christian thought, identifying Paul as his spiritual and ethical ideal.  It further investigates Dick’s use of Christian themes in both his fiction and non-fiction, focusing on the concept of the logos and the figure of Christ.  It also provides a deeper analysis of Dick’s original thought: drawing on individual excerpts from the Exegesis, it explores the meaning and method of Dick’s religious speculation on its own terms, identifying major themes in Dick’s speculations.

Pink Beams of Light From the God in the Gutter is available now from the University Press of America.

A review in the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture.

Read a short review from the Chico News and Review here.

University Press of America (Lanham, MD), January 2004.  Paperback, 96pp.
ISBN: 0-7618-2673-4

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Gabriel Mckee holds a Bachelor's degree from Hampshire College and a Masters degree in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School.  He is also the author of the forthcoming The Gospel according to Science Fiction: From the Twilight Zone to the Final Frontier for Westminster John Knox.