The Urantia Book

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The Urantia Book  (1955) 
The Urantia Book (sometimes called the Urantia Papers or The Fifth Epochal Revelation) is a spiritual and philosophical book that discusses God, Jesus, science, cosmology, religion, history and destiny. It originated in Chicago sometime between 1924 and 1955.

The exact circumstances of the origin of The Urantia Book are unknown. The book and its publishers do not name a human author. Instead, it is written as if directly presented by numerous celestial beings appointed to the task of providing an epochal religious revelation. For each paper, either a named celestial being, an order of being, or a group of beings is credited as its author.

As early as 1911, William S. Sadler and his wife Lena Sadler, physicians in Chicago and well known in the community, are said to have been approached by a neighbor who was concerned because she would occasionally find her husband in a deep sleep and breathing abnormally. She reported that she was unable to wake him at these times. The Sadlers came to observe the episodes, and over time, the individual produced verbal communications that claimed to be from "student visitor" spiritual beings. This changed in early 1925 with a "voluminous handwritten document," which from then on became the regular method of purported communication. The Sadlers were both respected physicians, and William Sadler was a debunker of paranormal claims, who is portrayed as not believing in the supernatural. In 1929, he published a book called The Mind at Mischief, in which he explained the fraudulent methods of mediums and how self-deception leads to psychic claims. He wrote in an appendix that there were two cases that he had not explained to his satisfaction.

The other exception has to do with a rather peculiar case of psychic phenomena, one which I find myself unable to classify.... I was brought in contact with it, in the summer of 1911, and I have had it under my observation more or less ever since, having been present at probably 250 of the night sessions, many of which have been attended by a stenographer who made voluminous notes. A thorough study of this case has convinced me that it is not one of ordinary trance...In no way are these night visitations like the séances associated with spiritualism. At no time during the period of eighteen years' observation has there been a communication from any source that claimed to be the spirit of a deceased human being.... Eighteen years of study and careful investigation have failed to reveal the psychic origin of these messages... Psychoanalysis, hypnotism, intensive comparison, fail to show that the written or spoken messages of this individual have origin in his own mind... Its philosophic content is quite new, and we are unable to find where very much of it has ever found human expression... Its philosophy is consistent. It is essentially Christian and is, on the whole, entirely harmonious with the known scientific facts and truths of this age.

In 1924, a group of Sadler's friends, former patients, and colleagues began meeting for Sunday intellectual discussions, but became interested in the strange communications when Sadler mentioned the case and read samples at their request. Shortly afterwards, a communication reportedly was received that this group would be allowed to devise questions and that answers would be given by celestial beings through the "contact personality."

Sadler presented this development to the group, and they generated hundreds of questions without full seriousness, but their claim is that it resulted in the appearance of answers in the form of fully written papers. They became more impressed with the quality of the answers and continued to ask questions, until all papers now collected together as The Urantia Book were obtained. The group was known as the Forum. A smaller group of five individuals called the Contact Commission, including the Sadlers, was responsible for gathering the questions from the Forum, acting as the custodians of the handwritten manuscripts that were presented as answers, and arranging for proofreading and typing of the material.

The Sadlers and others involved, now all deceased, claimed that the papers of the book were physically materialized from 1925 until 1935 in a way that was not understood even by them, with the first three parts being completed in 1934 and the fourth in 1935. The last Forum gathering was in 1942.

After the last of Part IV was obtained in 1935, an additional period of time supposedly took place where requests for clarifications resulted in revisions. Sadler and his son William (Bill) Sadler, Jr. at one point wrote a draft introduction and were told that they could not add their introduction. The Foreword was then "received." Bill Sadler is noted to have composed the table of contents that is published with the book.

The communications purportedly continued for another two decades while members of the Forum studied the book in depth, and according to Sadler and others, permission to publish it was given to them in 1955. The Urantia Foundation was formed in 1950 as a tax-exempt educational society in Illinois, and through privately raised funds, the book was published under international copyright on October 12, 1955.

Only the members of the Contact Commission witnessed the activities of the sleeping subject, and only they knew his identity. The individual is claimed to have been kept anonymous in order to prevent undesirable future veneration or reverence for him. Martin Gardner states that an explanation concerning the origin of the book more plausible than celestial beings is that the Contact Commission, particularly William Sadler, was responsible. Gardner's conclusion is that a man named Wilfred Kellogg was the sleeping subject and authored the work from his subconscious mind, with William Sadler subsequently editing and authoring parts. A statistical analysis using the Mosteller and Wallace methods of stylometry indicates at least nine authors were involved, and by comparatively analyzing the book against Sadler's The Mind at Mischief, does not indicate authorship or extensive editing by Sadler, without ruling out the possibility of limited edits.

Excerpted from The Urantia Book on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

T H E   U R A N T I A   B O O K

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Copyright 1955


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U R A N T I A   F O U N D A T I O N



First Printing

Library of Congress Catalog

Card Number 55-10554


The Parts of the Book



Sponsored by a Uversa Corps of Superuniverse Personalities
acting by authority of the Orvonton
Ancients of Days



Sponsored by a Nebadon Corps of Local Universe
Personalities acting by authority of
Gabriel of Salvington



These papers were sponsored by a Corps of Local Universe
Personalities acting by authority of
Gabriel of Salvington



This groups of papers was sponsored by a commission of twelve
Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of
a Melchizedek revelatory director.
The basis of this narrative was supplied by a secondary
midwayer who was onetime assigned to the superhuman
watchcare of the Apostle Andrew.

The Titles of the Papers


 Paper  Author Page
  Foreword Divine Counselor 1
 1. The Universal Father Divine Counselor 21
 2. The Nature of God Divine Counselor 33
 3. The Attributes of God Divine Counselor 44
 4. God's Relation to the Universe Divine Counselor 54
 5. God's Relation to the Individual Divine Counselor 62
 6. The Eternal Son Divine Counselor 73
 7. Relation of the Eternal Son to the Universe Divine Counselor 81
 8. The Infinite Spirit Divine Counselor 90
 9. Relation of the Infinite Spirit to the Universe Divine Counselor 98
 10. The Paradise Trinity Universal Censor 108
 11. The Eternal Isle of Paradise Perfector of Wisdom 118
 12. The Universe of Universes Perfector of Wisdom 128
 13. The Sacred Spheres of Paradise Perfector of Wisdom 143
 14. The Central and Divine Universe Perfector of Wisdom 152
 15. The Seven Superuniverses Universal Censor 164
 16. The Seven Master Spirits Universal Censor 184
 17. The Seven Supreme Spirit Groups Divine Counselor 197
 18. The Supreme Trinity Personalities Divine Counselor 207
 19. The Co-ordinate Trinity-Origin Beings Divine Counselor 214
 20. The Paradise Sons of God Perfector of Wisdom 223
 21. The Paradise Creator Sons Perfector of Wisdom 234
 22. The Trinitized Sons of God Mighty Messenger 243
 23. The Solitary Messengers Divine Counselor 256
 24. Higher Personalities of the Infinite Spirit Divine Counselor 264
 25. The Messenger Hosts of Space One High in Authority 273
 26. Ministering Spirit of the Central Universe Perfector of Wisdom 285
 27. Ministry of the Primary Supernaphim Perfector of Wisdom 298
 28. Ministering Spirits of the Superuniverses Mighty Messenger 306
 29. The Universe Power Directors Universal Censor 319
 30. Personalities of the Grand Universe Mighty Messenger 330
 31. The Corps of the Finality Divine Counselor and One Without Name and Number 345


 32. The Evolution of Local Universes Mighty Messenger 357
 33. Administration of the Local Universe Chief of Archangels 366
 34. The Local Universe Mother Spirit Mighty Messenger 374
 35. The Local Universe Sons of God Chief of Archangels 384
 36. The Life Carriers Vorondadek Son 396
 37. Personalities of the Local Universe Brilliant Evening Star 406
 38. Ministering Spirits of the Local Universe Melchizedek 418
 39. The Seraphic Hosts Melchizedek 426
 40. The Ascending Sons of God Mighty Messenger 443
 41. Physical Aspects of the Local Universe Archangel 455
 42. Energy—Mind and Matter Mighty Messenger 467
 43. The Constellations Malavatia Melchizedek 485
 44. The Celestial Artisans Archangel 497
 45. The Local System Administration Melchizedek 509
 46. The Local System Headquarters Archangel 519
 47. The Seven Mansion Worlds Brilliant Evening Star 530
 48. The Morontia Life Archangel 541
 49. The Inhabited Worlds Melchizedek 559
 50. The Planetary Princes Secondary Lanonandek 572
 51. The Planetary Adams Secondary Lanonandek 580
 52. Planetary Mortal Epochs Mighty Messenger 589
 53. The Lucifer Rebellion Manovandet Melchizedek 601
 54. Problems of the Lucifer Rebellion Mighty Messenger 613
 55. The Spheres of Light and Life Mighty Messenger 621
 56. Universal Unity Mighty Messenger and Machiventa Melchizedek 637

 57. The Origin of Urantia Life Carrier 651
 58. Life Establishment on Urantia Life Carrier 664
 59. The Marine-Life Era on Urantia Life Carrier 672
 60. Urantia during the Early Land-Life Era Life Carrier 685
 61. The Mammalian Era on Urantia Life Carrier 693
 62. The Dawn Races of Early Man Life Carrier 703
 63. The First Human Family Life Carrier 711
 64. The Evolutionary Races of Color Life Carrier 718
 65. The Overcontrol of Evolution Life Carrier 730
 66. The Planetary Prince of Urantia Melchizedek 741
 67. The Planetary Rebellion Melchizedek 754
 68. The Dawn of Civilization Melchizedek 763
 69. Primitive Human Institutions Melchizedek 772
 70. The Evolution of Human Government Melchizedek 783
 71. Development of the State Melchizedek 800
 72. Government on a Neighboring Planet Melchizedek 808
 73. The Garden of Eden Solonia 821
 74. Adam and Eve Solonia 828
 75. The Default of Adam and Eve Solonia 839
 76. The Second Garden Solonia 847
 77. The Midway Creatures Archangel 855
 78. The Violet Race after the Days of Adam Archangel 868
 79. Andite Expansion in the Orient Archangel 878
 80. Andite Expansion in the Occident Archangel 889
 81. Development of Modern Civilization Archangel 900
 82. The Evolution of Marriage Chief of Seraphim 913
 83. The Marriage Institution Chief of Seraphim 922
 84. Marriage and Family Life Chief of Seraphim 931
 85. The Origins of Worship Brilliant Evening Star 944
 86. Early Evolution of Religion Brilliant Evening Star 950
 87. The Ghost Cults Brilliant Evening Star 958
 88. Fetishes, Charms, and Magic Brilliant Evening Star 967
 89. Sin, Sacrifice, and Atonement Brilliant Evening Star 974
 90. Shamanism—Medicine Men and Priests Melchizedek 986
 91. The Evolution of Prayer Chief of Midwayers 994
 92. The Later Evolution of Religion Melchizedek 1003
 93. Machiventa Melchizedek Melchizedek 1014
 94. The Melchizedek Teachings in the Orient Melchizedek 1027
 95. The Melchizedek Teachings in the Levant Melchizedek 1042
 96. Yahweh—God of the Hebrews Melchizedek 1052
 97. Evolution of the God Concept among the Hebrews Melchizedek 1062
 98. The Melchizedek teachings in the Occident Melchizedek 1077
 99. Social Problems of Religion Melchizedek 1086
100. Religion in Human Experience Melchizedek 1094
101. The Real Nature of Religion Melchizedek 1104
102. The Foundations of Religious Faith Melchizedek 1118
103. The Reality of Religious Experience Melchizedek 1129
104. Growth of the Trinity Concept Melchizedek 1143
105. Deity and Reality Melchizedek 1152
106. Universe Levels of Reality Melchizedek 1162
107. Origin and Nature of Thought Adjusters Solitary Messenger 1176
108. Mission and Ministry of Thought Adjusters Solitary Messenger 1185
109. Relation of Adjusters to Universe Creatures Solitary Messenger 1195
110. Relation of Adjusters to Individual Mortals Solitary Messenger 1203
111. The Adjuster and the Soul Solitary Messenger 1215
112. Personality Survival Solitary Messenger 1225
113. The Seraphic Guardians of Destiny Chief of Seraphim 1241
114. Seraphic Planetary Government Chief of Seraphim 1250
115. The Supreme Being Mighty Messenger 1260
116. The Almighty Supreme Mighty Messenger 1268
117. God the Supreme Mighty Messenger 1278
118. Supreme and Ultimate—Time and Space Mighty Messenger 1294
119. The Bestowals of Christ Michael Chief of Evening Stars 1308

120. The Bestowal of Michael on Urantia Mantutia Melchizedek 1323
121. The Times of Michael's Bestowal Midwayer Commission 1332
122. Birth and Infancy of Jesus Midwayer Commission 1344
123. The Early Childhood of Jesus Midwayer Commission 1355
124. The Later Childhood of Jesus Midwayer Commission 1366
125. Jesus at Jerusalem Midwayer Commission 1377
126. The Two Crucial Years Midwayer Commission 1386
127. The Adolescent Years Midwayer Commission 1395
128. Jesus' Early Manhood Midwayer Commission 1407
129. The Later Adult Life of Jesus Midwayer Commission 1419
130. On the Way to Rome Midwayer Commission 1427
131. The World's Religions Midwayer Commission 1442
132. The Sojourn at Rome Midwayer Commission 1455
133. The Return from Rome Midwayer Commission 1468
134. The Transition Years Midwayer Commission 1483
135. John the Baptist Midwayer Commission 1496
136. Baptism and the Forty Days Midwayer Commission 1509
137. Tarrying Time in Galilee Midwayer Commission 1524
138. Training the Kingdom's Messengers Midwayer Commission 1538
139. The Twelve Apostles Midwayer Commission 1548
140. The Ordination of the Twelve Midwayer Commission 1568
141. Beginning the Public Work Midwayer Commission 1587
142. The Passover at Jerusalem Midwayer Commission 1596
143. Going Through Samaria Midwayer Commission 1607
144. At Gilboa and in the Decapolis Midwayer Commission 1617
145. Four Eventful Days at Capernaum Midwayer Commission 1628
146. First Preaching Tour of Galilee Midwayer Commission 1637
147. The Interlude Visit to Jerusalem Midwayer Commission 1647
148. Training Evangelists at Bethsaida Midwayer Commission 1657
149. The Second Preaching Tour Midwayer Commission 1668
150. The Third Preaching Tour Midwayer Commission 1678
151. Tarrying and Teaching by the Seaside Midwayer Commission 1688
152. Events Leading up to the Capernaum Crisis Midwayer Commission 1698
153. The Crisis at Capernaum Midwayer Commission 1707
154. Last Days at Capernaum Midwayer Commission 1717
155. Fleeing Through Northern Galilee Midwayer Commission 1725
156. The Sojourn at Tyre and Sidon Midwayer Commission 1734
157. At Caesarea-Philippi Midwayer Commission 1743
158. The Mount of Transfiguration Midwayer Commission 1752
159. The Decapolis Tour Midwayer Commission 1762
160. Rodan of Alexandria Midwayer Commission 1772
161. Further Discussions with Rodan Midwayer Commission 1783
162. At the Feast of Tabernacles Midwayer Commission 1788
163. Ordination of the Seventy at Magadan Midwayer Commission 1800
164. At the Feast of Dedication Midwayer Commission 1809
165. The Perean Mission Begins Midwayer Commission 1817
166. Last Visit to Northern Perea Midwayer Commission 1825
167. The Visit to Philadelphia Midwayer Commission 1833
168. The Resurrection of Lazarus Midwayer Commission 1842
169. Last Teaching at Pella Midwayer Commission 1850
170. The Kingdom of Heaven Midwayer Commission 1858
171. On the Way to Jerusalem Midwayer Commission 1867
172. Going into Jerusalem Midwayer Commission 1878
173. Monday in Jerusalem Midwayer Commission 1888
174. Tuesday Morning in the Temple Midwayer Commission 1897
175. The Last Temple Discourse Midwayer Commission 1905
176. Tuesday Evening on Mount Olivet Midwayer Commission 1912
177. Wednesday, The Rest Day Midwayer Commission 1920
178. Last Day at the Camp Midwayer Commission 1929
179. The Last Supper Midwayer Commission 1936
180. The Farewell Discourse Midwayer Commission 1944
181. Final Admonitions and Warnings Midwayer Commission 1953
182. In Gethsemane Midwayer Commission 1963
183. The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus Midwayer Commission 1971
184. Before the Sanhedrin Court Midwayer Commission 1978
185. The Trial Before Pilate Midwayer Commission 1987
186. Just Before the Crucifixion Midwayer Commission 1997
187. The Crucifixion Midwayer Commission 2004
188. The Time of the Tomb Midwayer Commission 2012
189. The Resurrection Midwayer Commission 2020
190. Morontia Appearances of Jesus Midwayer Commission 2029
191. Appearances to the Apostles and Other Leaders Midwayer Commission 2037
192. Appearances in Galilee Midwayer Commission 2045
193. Final Appearances and Ascension Midwayer Commission 2052
194. Bestowal of the Spirit of Truth Midwayer Commission 2059
195. After Pentecost Midwayer Commission 2069
196. The Faith of Jesus Midwayer Commission 2087

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