The Book of Urantia

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The Urantia Book claims to be a new revelation of truth to the peoples of our planet, written as if directly presented by numerous celestial beings appointed to the task of providing an "epochal" spiritual revelation to humankind. It is more than 2,000 pages long and consists of an introductory statement followed by 196 "papers," claimed to be written by a number of different superhuman personalities, divided into four parts:

  • Foreword
  • Part I: The Central and Superuniverses
  • Part II: The Local Universe
  • Part III: The History of Urantia
  • Part IV: The Life and Teachings of Jesus

The text begins its narration at what is considered the highest level of creation and then sequentially in the subsequent three parts focuses its discussion on our Local Universe, planet Earth (Urantia), and on the life and teachings of a single personality, Jesus of Nazareth. This thematic structure is consistent with one of the book's process teachings: "The human mind would ordinarily crave to approach the cosmic philosophy portrayed in these revelations by proceeding from the simple and the finite to the complex and the infinite, from human origins to divine destinies. But that path does not lead to spiritual wisdom. Such a procedure is the easiest path to a certain form of genetic knowledge, but at best it can only reveal man's origin; it reveals little or nothing about his divine destiny."

The Foreword is presented as a guide to the terminology developed in greater detail in Part I, and provides an explanation of the meanings which should be used for words that are "in designation of Deity and certain associated concepts of the things, meanings, and values of universal reality."

Michael Michael,
Feb 27, 2011, 10:43 AM