Herbert George Wells (1866 – 1946) was a novelist, sociologist, and historian born in Bromley, England. Although he grew up under the constant threat of poverty as the son of domestic workers who later became small shopkeepers, Wells was a voracious reader and an ambitious young man. He won a scholarship to study biology at the Normal School of Science (now part of Imperial College), in London, when he was 18. Wells graduated from university in 1888 and then became a science teacher.
The first book that Wells published, in 1893, is entitled Text-Book of Biology. He published his first novel, The Time Machine, in 1895. That work was an immediate success and Wells subsequently wrote a series of science fiction novels, propelling his writing career. Prolific in several genres, Wells is best known for The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds, both science fiction novels, as well as the comic novels Tono-Bungay and The History of Mr. Polly.
As World War I, raged on, H.G. Wells wrote the following about mystical experience (presumably based on his own experience):
“Suddenly, in His own time God comes. This cardinal experience is an undoubting, immediate sense of God. It is the attainment of an absolute certainty that one is not alone in oneself. It is as if one was touched at every point by a being akin to oneself, sympathetic, beyond measure wiser, steadfast and pure in aim. It is completer and more intimate but it is like standing side by side with and touching some one that we love very dearly and trust completely. ‘Closer is He than breathing, nearer than hands and feet.’”
Quoted from H.G. Wells’ God, the Invisible King by A. Eustace Haydon in “The Significance of the Mystic’s Experience”.
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