I was searching through the dusty shelves of the university library over lunch today when I came across a copy of The Urantia Book. Have you heard of it?
It is one of those books I had heard of in New Age circles but never read before, so I sat down and, boy, is it looooong. I had no idea how looooong it was. It even makes the Book of Mormon look like a light read. But I was in for another surprise, like the Book of Mormon, it too presents an alternative Jesus. Does that grab your attention?
The Urantia Foundation in Australia describes it thus:
The Urantia Book, first published by the Urantia Foundation in 1955, was authored by celestial beings as a special revelation to our planet, Urantia.
The book’s message is that all human beings are one family, the sons and daughters of one God, the Universal Father. It instructs on the genesis, history, and destiny of mankind and on our relationship with God. It also presents a unique and compelling portrayal of the life and teachings of Jesus, opening new vistas of time and eternity, and revealing new concepts of Man’s ever-ascending adventure of finding the Universal Father in our friendly and carefully administered universe.
The Urantia Book’s view of science, philosophy, and religion is perhaps the clearest and most concise integration of these subjects available to contemporary man. There is little question among the over 400,000 people who have purchased, read, and who study the Book: The Urantia Book has the capacity to make a significant contribution to the religious and philosophical thinking of all peoples; it truly has the potential to shape world destiny.
Over and over, people from around the world have discovered that the Book has profoundly impressed and changed their lives – inspired and stimulated them to reach new levels of spiritual growth and enhanced living.
While almost every generation produces a number of people who pose as the bearers of a ‘new revelation,’ it is surprising that The Urantia Book does not advocate a new organised religion. Its viewpoint builds upon the religious heritages of the past and present, encouraging a personal, living religion based on faith and service to one’s fellows.
Note the phrase, “carefully administered universe” in the above text. They are not joking. I got the distinct impression that the universe, according to The Urantia Book, is governed by a celestial accountant. Not being an accountant type I am therefore still struggling to see the appeal so I went looking at a few sites:
Urantia related webpages
- The Urantia Book Fellowship
- Urantia Association International
- Urantia Book Related Websites
- Directory of Global Urantia Resources
Urantia related videos
- What is Urantia?
- Urantia Book paper
- Urantia Book Diagrams
- Urantia Foundation trustee
- A Sample Workshop
- What the Urantia Book means to me
- Hilvania, Urantia Book reader
But I am still struggling.
Here is a thought experiment though: if a Urantia book reader engaged you in conversation, over God, Jesus and the nature of the universe, what would you say?