Novelist Philip K. Dick, suggested that time on Earth has stopped in the year 50 AD, and he gives concrete reasons for his theory in his breathtaking essay “How to Build a Universe That Doesn’t Fall Apart Two Days Later,” in “I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon.”
In short, he believes that our world today is not taking place in the 21st century, and we are deceived and live in a counterfeit reality lodged in a spacetime pocket in 50 AD.
“My theory is this: time is not real… Despite all the change we see, a specific permanent landscape underlies the world of change: and this invisible underlying landscape is that of the Bible; it, specifically, is the period immediately following the death and resurrection of Christ; it is, in other words, the time period of the Book of Acts.
“[There is] internal evidence…that another reality, an unchanging one, exactly as Parmenides and Plato suspected, underlies the visible phenomenal world of change…and we can cut through to it…
“Thousands of years pass, but the world of the Bible is concealed beneath it, still there and still real.”
To Dick, the Bible is a literally real but veiled landscape, never changing but usually hidden from our sight. Dick cites numerous coincidences in his life that plunged him back to the time period of the Book of Acts.
His novels contained surprising fragments of the Bible that he had never read at the time of his own writing.
When a young Christian woman wearing a shining gold fish necklace appears at his doorway with medicine for his pain, it all becomes clear to him. The synchronicities are too much.
Although Dick realizes that modern scientists would scoff at his seemingly insane assertions, he promotes his odd worldview as a useful metaphor for the difficulties humans have when trying to comprehend reality.
Pre-Socratic Milesian Greek philosopher Heraclitus wrote:
“The nature of things is in the habit of concealing itself.”
Dick believes that the cosmos “is not as it appears to be, and what it probably is, at its deepest level, is exactly that which the human being is at his deepest level — call it mind or soul, it is something unitary which lives and thinks, and only appears to be plural and material.”
According to Dick, God and the universe were both that which thought, and the thing it thought: thinker and thought together.
“The universe, then, is thinker and thought, and since we are part of it, we as humans are, in the final analysis, thoughts of and thinkers of those thoughts.”