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God the Invisible King is a theological tract published by H. G. Wells in 1917. Wells describes his aim as to state "as forcibly and exactly as possible the religious belief of the writer.

God the Invisible King is a theological tract published by H. He distinguishes his religious beliefs from Christianity, and warns readers that he is "particularly uncompromising" on the doctrine of the Trinity, which he blames on "the violent ultimate crystallization of Nicaea. He pleads for a "modern religion" or "renascent religion" that has "no revelation and no founder.

com: God, the Invisible King. A fine bright copy in the scarce dust jacket. Published by The Macmillan Company, New York, 1917. Jacket slightly soiled with some minor tanning to spine panel and a few tiny chips at corners (not affecting any lettering). From Robert Dagg Rare Books, ABAA (San Francisco, CA, . Association Member: ABAA.

God, the invisible king. New York, The Macmillan Company.

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GOD THE INVISIBLE KING by H. Wells CONTENTS PREFACE 1. THE . An issue upon which this book will be found particularly uncompromising is the dogma of the Trinity. the cosmogony of modern religion 2. heresies; or the things that god is not 3. the likeness of god 4. the religion of atheists 5. the invisible king 6. modern ideas of sin and damnation 7. the idea of a church. It is well to warn him at the outset that the departure from accepted beliefs is here no vague scepticism, but a quite sharply defined objection to dogmas very widely revered.

God the Invisible King (1917). Published versions of film scripts and scenarios written by Wells: The King Who Was a King: The Book of a Film (1929 – scenario for a film which was never made). War and the Future (. Italy, France and Britain at War) (1917). Introduction to Nocturne (1917). Things to Come (1935 – adaptation of The Shape of Things to Come and The Work, Wealth and Happiness of Mankind). Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936).

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G. WELLS (1866 - 1946) Wells wrote in his book God the Invisible King that his idea of God did not draw upon the traditional religions of the world: "This book sets out as forcibly and exactly as possible the religious belief of the writer

G. WELLS (1866 - 1946) Wells wrote in his book God the Invisible King that his idea of God did not draw upon the traditional religions of the world: "This book sets out as forcibly and exactly as possible the religious belief of the writer. is a profound belief in a personal and intimate Go. Later in the work he aligns himself with a "renascent or modern religion. neither atheist nor Buddhist nor Mohammedan nor Christian. he has found growing up in himself. Genre(s): Non-fiction, Religion.

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I REALLY REALLY wanted to like this book. Throughout the entire first half I was planning to give it 4 stars because it greatly inspired me. In the second half Wells' weak arguments dropped it to 3 stars. By the end the book was such a confusing mess that I dropped it to 2 stars. Finally I bumped it up to 3 again just because it is a good historical resource into Wells' thinking. Honestly I say it's 2 1/2, but I'm having a really hard time giving an H.G. Wells book fewer than 3 stars.

Everybody knows that H.G. Wells was an atheist. At least that is a common conception, but in this book Wells' vehemently denies it and spends the entire book laying out his form of neo-theism. I was confused by this and did a little online research. According to the H.G. Wells Society of America, Wells was an atheist but went through a religious phase due to the emotional trama of World War I. Supposedly he rejected those religious ideas later in life; I will have to read my copy of Wells' "Experiment in Autobiography" to get a better understanding of his religious views. In any event, "God the Invisible King" was written in that religious phase contemporary to the First World War.

The purpose of this book is to lay out H.G. Wells' religous beliefs and those of "modern religion". He explicity claims on the first page that he is not a Christian. Although to us it seems like he is trying to promote a new future movement, to Wells himself this modern religion was already happening in his day and was the direction that religion would continue to go. (He might have been right except that the reactionary fundamentalist Christian movement changed modern religion into something quite different.) First Wells lays out the difference between the Creator God and the Christ God. The Creator God is that power behind the universe which is distant from man and can be seen in God the Father of the Christian Trinity. The Christ God is the personal aspect of God which is in people's hearts and whom people relate to. Wells claims to be decidedly agnostic towards the Creator God, whom he calls the "Veiled Being" and says is both unknowable and irrelevent. He does however literally believe in the Christ God. In making this distinction Wells actively denounces Trinitarian theology, and after this distinction is made all references to God mean specifically the Christ God as opposed to the Creator God.

What is Wells' God like? He did not create the universe. He is not omnicient, omnipotent, or omniprecent. He doesn't know everything or have all power. He doesn't work miracles or answer prayers (although Wells contradicts himself on this point later in the book). He doesn't judge or condemn us. But according to Wells this God is definitely a person. He is a personal God whom we can know, but we don't really pray to him or worship him in any direct way. Mostly he is there giving us courage, feeling our pain with us, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with us, and we are supposed to serve him with everything we do. Wells says that it is impossible to prove God, but we can experience him directly.

I must admit that in the first half of the book Wells says it much more compellingly than I do. In fact for the first half I was inspired by this God and thought that I as an atheist could almost believe in a God like this. It seems like kind of an amorphous feel-good God that doesn't really exist out there but is a very real and important part of our psyche. But Wells doesn't want us thinking like that because he constantly reminds us that God is a real external person.

Unfortunately the inspiration and though-provoking aspect of this book wears off halfway through when Wells makes half-hearted attempts to prove the existence of his God. Wells makes the same old agruments that would later be made by C.S. Lewis in "Mere Christianity", but Lewis did it much better. For example Wells tried to prove the existence of God through the existance of human morality. Lewis at least tried to prove the existence of objective morality (and failed), but Wells did not even try. He simply "proved" that objective morality exists because it is obvious to common sense. Therefore God exists. A thin argument indeed.

This book started as really good and went to mediocre, but after 2/3 in it just gets bad. I had to skip a lot of pages to find major points in the argument and to find anything that made sense. Here Wells transforms his God from a feel-good entity that lives inside of us to a militant ruler. He says that people need to change their perspective so they do everything (especially work) for the glory of God. If we all do our jobs to God's glory, then we will enter a socialist paradise ruled by God himself - the Invisible King. But God never comes down from heaven to rule earth in physical form. No, God is our dear amorphous leader who rules through humanity's combined actions (or something like that). It is a call for an end of governments and the rise of a theocracy ruled by God with no priests and no church. (But of course God never comes down physically, and as wells said earlier in the book, God never sits on a throne.) God forbids the wealthy from giving their belongings to the poor, but he also forbids them from enjoying their wealth and being greedy. All wealth and all labor somehow work together through the glory of God to create a human paradise. The problem is the Wells seems like a communist in one sentence and like an Ayn Rand objectivist in the next sentence. It would probably take a lengthy book for a modern scholar to sort out Wells' economic and political ideas.

I really wanted to like this book. I found it inspiring at first, but ultimately it fell flat on its face. I was struggling with the rating, but after writing this review I have decided that this book sucks and gets 2 stars. When Ayn Rand and Karl Marx join forces to create a churchless theocracy run by nobody, then I think it's time for H.G. Wells to go back to writing science fiction.
The January 24, 2011 issue of The New Yorker had a cartoon that expressed the feelings of most people. One character said to another: "I'm in the market for an easier religion." Readers of H. G. Wells' God the Invisible King (1866-1946, written in 1917), which is not a novel, but expresses his views of God and religion, may think that he reflects this attitude. Actually the reverse is true. He writes that people must learn to act, not passively wait for divine aid. Some readers may disagree with his views, but they should find them thought-provoking.

Wells states that he is not a Christian and his ideas are not Christian. He says that he believes in a "personal and intimate God." He rejects the widely held dogmas, especially the "disastrous" idea of a trinity. There is "no revelation, no authoritative teaching, no mystery." Ideas such as a virgin birth and resurrection and sin are untrue. These dogmas prevent people from thinking about the truth, make them passive, and discourage them from living a proper fulfilling life.

The word "God," he writes, could mean God as nature or God as helper. The first, he says, is the God of Spinoza and the second the God of the human heart. Wells believes that if a person accepts the first understanding there is no problem, but he prefers the second. When people petition God for help, the same God that helps everyone, no matter what the person's religion. God is not a being attached to a particular religion. All people are, metaphorically speaking, God's children. God is not found in a building, but in the heart.

Wells defines God as "boundless love," a "friend," "courage," and "salvation from the purposelessness of life." God "works in men and through men." He does not intervene in this world to help people. He neither rewards nor punishes. People do these things to themselves. Prayers do not help. God lacks the powers and knowledge attributed to him.

Wells states that God "is as real as a bayonet thrust or an embrace," he is the king, we must do what he wants us to do. Yet, he also says that he is not the God of old, but the God of youth. "He looks toward the future," he loves us "in the sense of" wanting us to achieve the best. God's "nature is the nature of thought and will." These statements suggest that God is a human invention; God is that which is in humans that causes them to strive to better themselves and the world. Obeying God means striving to better ourselves and the world.

Thus, for example, the current behavior of lawyers and judges is outdated, incompatible with "what God wants," with the human goal. The lawyer shouldn't seek to present only his client's view in a dispute and hide facts that support his adversary. He should only take cases that he considers just and seek the truth, justice, and the common good. So, too, judges should not decide cases based on conformity to technical rules, but truth, justice, and the good of society.

Thus, Wells sees the idea of God as a challenge to humans to be all that they can be and to improve society to become the best it can become.
Excellent Read
This is not a fiction story but an essay by HG Wells on the God Question.
I found it very insightful to read his theories. Some may say this is a bit of a difficult read because of the philosophy involved but I actually found it a quick read.
I cannot necessarily say I agree with all of his thinking but I respect that he was not afraid to put it down for the world to consider.
If you like philosophy and the God question - this is a good read.
If you REALLY find yourself interested in this subject, and H.G. Wells's views, about the creator, get it, explore it, enjoy, but if you're reading reviews to see if it's worth your time? No, it's not.