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The Divine Fire of Philip K Dick’s Religious Visions

His guiding spirit Thomas helped the author make better financial decisions and take care of his health.

 

 

Philip K. Dick android. Photo by Rasmus Lerdorf via Flickr, Creative Commons

Although the earliest psychoanalysts saw religion as neurotic, the modern mental health field has stopped pathologising religious beliefs. Contemporary systems of psychiatric diagnosis have no problem with a belief in God, Zoroaster, Demeter, or the Moon Goddess. At least in theory, we are free to hold whatever religious beliefs we wish without fear of being labelled mentally ill.

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