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God the Invisible King

By Wells, Herbert George

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Title: God the Invisible King  
Author: Wells, Herbert George
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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In a previous book, First and Last Things (Constable and Co.), he has stated his convictions upon certain general ideas of life and thought as clearly as he could. All of philosophy, all of metaphysics that is, seems to him to be a discussion of the relations of class and individual. The antagonism of the Nominalist and the Realist, the opposition of the One and the Many, the contrast of the Ideal and the Actual, all these oppositions express a certain structural and essential duality in the activity of the human mind. From an imperfect recognition of that duality ensue great masses of misconception. That was the substance of First and Last Things. In this present book there is no further attack on philosophical or metaphysical questions. Here we work at a less fundamental level and deal with religious feeling and religious ideas. But just as the writer was inclined to attribute a whole world of disputation and inexactitudes to confused thinking about the exact value of classes and terms, so here he is disposed to think that interminable controversies and conflicts arise out of a confusion of intention due to a double meaning of the word God; that the word God conveys not one idea or set of ideas, but several essentially different ideas, incompatible one with another, and falling mainly into one or other of two divergent groups; and that people slip carelessly from one to the other of these groups of ideas and so get into ultimately inextricable confusions.

Table of Contents
· PREFACE · CHAPTER THE FIRST. THE COSMOGONY OF MODERN RELIGION · CHAPTER THE SECOND. HERESIES; OR THE THINGS THAT GOD IS NOT · CHAPTER THE THIRD. THE LIKENESS OF GOD · CHAPTER THE FOURTH. THE RELIGION OF ATHEISTS · CHAPTER THE FIFTH. THE INVISIBLE KING · CHAPTER THE SIXTH. MODERN IDEAS OF SIN AND DAMNATION · CHAPTER THE SEVENTH. THE IDEA OF A CHURCH

 

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