infans idolon : praeco pierius (cycnet) wrote in philipkdick,
infans idolon : praeco pierius

Bishop Pike...

I just thought it interesting that bishop pike, of "The Transmigration of Timothy Archer" fame was mentioned in one of our local news sources recently...

"Fast forward to the 1960s and Bishop James Pike of California, a chain smoker and alcoholic and probably a woman chaser. Pike was an early supporter of woman as priests, racial desegregation, and the acceptance of gays as communicants.

He also questioned the Virgin Birth, the doctrine of hell and the Trinity. Four times heresy proceedings were started but in the end the church thought it best to leave things alone. He died a mysterious death in the Israeli desert. "

In a column about the recent stirring of seperatism in the Anglican church.

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Bishop Pike was a huge media celebrity in the late 1960s. He's someone I recall seeing regularly on talk shows when I was in my early teens. That he became wrapped up in a effort to contact his late son via seances, thereby lending him a sort of mystical quality out of the usual realm of Episcopalianism, was at least part of the attraction for PKD. Both were obsessed individuals.
cool. thanks for posting. as a student of countercultural mysticisms at the theological university in berkeley, raised episcopalian, bishop pike is of great interest indeed! cheers.
No problem.

See, until now I didn't realize he had died in the Israeli desert.
I thought he had died in California.

*didn't do her research*
Did the article say anything about mushrooms?