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“The Urantia Book, (pronounced: you ran chah) first published by Urantia Foundation in 1955, presents us with the origin, history, and destiny of humanity. It answers questions about God, life in the inhabited universe, the history and future of this world, and it includes an uplifting narrative of the life and teachings of Jesus.
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The Urantia Book portrays our relationship with God the Father. All human beings are the sons and daughters of a loving God and therefore brothers and sisters in the family of God. The book provides new spiritual truth for modern men and women and a pathway to a personal relationship with God.
Building on the world’s religious heritage, The Urantia Book describes an endless destiny for humankind, teaching that living faith is the key to personal spiritual progress and eternal survival. It also describes God’s plan for the progressive evolution of individuals, human society, and the universe as a whole” (Urantia Foundation).
The book is said to be “a spiritual, philosophical and religious book that originated in Chicago sometime between 1924 and 1955. The authorship remains a matter of speculation. It has received various degrees of interest ranging from praise to criticism for its religious and science content, its unusual length, and its lack of a known author…The book aims to unite religion, science, and philosophy, and its enormous amount of material about science is unique among literature claimed to be presented by celestial beings” (Wikipedia).
In terms of the authorship “The authors of The Urantia Book are numerous and varied celestial personalities. The book was delivered to humanity through a lengthy process of questions and answers in the early years of the 20th century, and published in book form in 1955…
The technique of delivery of The Urantia Book was accomplished through the willing co-operation of a single human being who was utilized as a sort of “sleeping subject” to produce the Urantia teachings through his voice while he was asleep, but the identity of this person was deliberately kept a secret, so as not to place undue attention on the “messenger” at the cost of the message. (more)
Dr William Sadler, a psychiatrist, a supposed sceptic and debunker of spiritism before The Urantia Book manifested, assisted with the development of the book by facilitating in the delivery of a technique to extract the information from the ” sleeping subject”. I say he was a “supposed” sceptic because of an interview I saw with a Dr. Sioux Oliva, professional historian with a PhD in American history, in which she states that Dr. Sadler grew up in the 7th Day Adventist teaching/training community. Anyways, give it a view and come to your own conclusions – Is she a debunker of The Urania Book? well she refers to the Bible as a kindergaden level of understanding God and the Universe and The Urantia Book is the graduate school level of study. So then perhaps not a debunker of the book itself, but more towards the origin of the book – who really was that “sleeping subject”? If interested in Dr. Sadler’s preposition pertaining to who really was that “sleeping man” then check out the interview (here) and decide for yourself. If you have read the papers then this video may be of great interest to you.
I may read the papers for part of this review, although not in-depth, because of the length of the document, however, I will read the chapters that I hope are relevant to this site and/or I will research some podcasts that cover this topic. There are many papers to this document (2,097 give or take), it requires a deep deep dive and according to Wikipedia it takes the average reader 34 hours and 57 minutes at 250 WPM (words per minute).
If reading these papers are not to your lifestyle then perhaps you might appreciate the audio version, just click on the link below and then click on the “Listen and Read” where you will have the option of listening or reading or doing both simultaneously.
I tried reading the text but as previously mentioned it is a deep dive. I am however currently listening to the audio version of the book which I thought would allow me to attend to the inside/ outside household chores, I was wrong. It requires one to listen actively and even if I were to complete the audio version I would only just be scratching the surface of true comprehension. I guess I should not feel too bad as in section 0:12:13 of these papers it states ” We are fully cognizant of the difficulties of our assignment; we recognize the impossibility of fully translating the language of the concepts of divinity and eternity into the symbols of the language of the finite concepts of the mortal mind”
So far, I am only on Part I of IV parts. The papers are broken down into the following format: Part 1- The Central and Superuniverses (sub sections 0-31), Part II – The Local Universe (sub sections 32-56), Part III – The History of Urantia (sub-sections 57-119), Part IV – The Life and Teachings of Jesus (sub-sections 120-196).
I just thought it might be of interest to someone, thus the links provided, where you may choose to read it and come to your own conclusions. (But how does that happen if one can’t seem to get through it or understand the meaning once one does – or is that just me?) Should one look for an authority on the subject? Apparently not, at least not of the human variety, please read below.
I think I would like to complete this review when I have listened to a podcast or 2 about this topic. Interested in seeing what others say especially as I read that…
“… there is no human authority, no person to look up to or revere, no official religion, no clergy that interprets or speaks for the authority and validity of the book’s teaching. Those are issues that are up to each reader to come to grips with themselves. There are organizations of readers to promote the teachings and fellowship and to assure that books are printed and distributed, of which TruthBook.com is one, but the book stands on its own without a human heritage“. (more)
If I continue on this exploration I will likely do so within an episode of my podcast.
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