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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 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.

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 sometime in early 1925 with a "voluminous handwritten document," which from then on became the regular method of purported communication. The individual was never identified publicly but has been described as "a hard-boiled business man, member of the board of trade and stock exchange."

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. ... This man is utterly unconscious, wholly oblivious to what takes place, and, unless told about it subsequently, never knows that he has been used as a sort of clearing house for the coming and going of alleged extra-planetary personalities. ... Psychoanalysis, hypnotism, intensive comparison, fail to show that the written or spoken messages of this individual have origin in his own mind. Much of the material secured through this subject is quite contrary to his habits of thought, to the way in which he has been taught, and to his entire philosophy. In fact, of much that we have secured, we have failed to find anything of its nature in existence.

In 1923, a group of Sadler's friends, former patients, and colleagues began meeting for Sunday philosophical and religious discussions, but became interested in the strange communications when Sadler mentioned the case at their fourth meeting and read samples at their request. Shortly afterwards, a communication reportedly was received about which 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, and was formalized as a closed group of 30 members in 1925 who pledged not to discuss the material with others. Over time, some participants left and others joined, leading to a total membership of 486 people over the years from diverse backgrounds and a mix of interest levels. 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. Bill Sadler, Jr. is noted to have composed the table of contents that is published with the book.

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 two parts being completed in 1934 and the third and 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."

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

T H E   U R A N T I A   B O O K





Copyright 1955


© 1955


All rights reserved, including translation
in the United States of America, as well as in Canada
and other countries of
the International Copyright Union.
All rights reserved under Pan-American Copyright Conventions
and under the Universal Copyright Convention.

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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