Deus Irae

~by Philip K. Dick and Roger Zelazny

In the years after World War III a new church has formed, The Servants of Wrath. Unlike the now faltering Christian church, they do not believe in a benevolent Supreme Being but in a Wrathful One who came to Earth in the human incarnation of Carlton Lufteufel, the man who ordered the detonation of the weapon that would wreak destruction upon the world during the war. Tibor McMasters, an inspired painter born without arms or legs, has been commissioned to by the new church to create a mural depicting the Deus Irae, the God of Wrath. In order to accurately represent the god, he is sent on a pilgrimage to find Him in the wilderness amongst what little is left of civilization and the human race.

Quite an interesting novel, really. Somewhat depressing, but it brings up some good points to think about. In many ways, Deus Irae is reminiscent of Walter M. Miller, Jr.'s A Canticle for Liebowitz.

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