Book presents an integrated world view composed from the concepts and ideas
of more than 2,000 individuals who have contributed to the fields of
science, philosophy, religion, history, sociology and theology during the
last 2,000 years.
Part I: The Universe of Universes - How the cosmos is structured and managed: An purposeful personal universe, evolving in time and space toward an unrevealed destiny is described. This creation includes millions of inhabited worlds in various stages of biological, intellectual, social and spiritual evolution. The nature of God and his relationship to the evolving creation is explored in great detail.
Part II: The Local Universe- The evolutionary plan for fostering the evolving social structures of the universes is detailed. Personality survival is determined by our free will decisions related to our personal relationship with God and the values with which we choose to organize and conduct our personal lives. Growth toward perfection should be our fundamental orientation to life. This growth is evolutionary, cumulative, and virtually endless. It is achieved through the love of God and unselfish service to our fellow beings.
Part III: The History of Urantia -- A geophysical history of our planet sets the stage for an overview of the development of civilization, culture, government, religion, the family, and other social institutions is described from the viewpoint of superhuman observers. The meanings and values contained within human religious civilization are revitalized, strengthening the foundations upon which further cultural development may take place. A description of human destiny is provided including a description of the worlds we will inhabit immediately following mortal death.
Part IV: The Life and Teachings of Jesus -- Seven hundred pages devoted to the life of Jesus make up the most spiritually compelling biography of Jesus anywhere in print. The Urantia Book relates over 16 times as much information about Jesus' life and teachings than does the Bible. The literary depth of The Urantia Book clearly reveals and touchingly portrays his combined humanity and divinity.
The Urantia Book is an anthology of 196 "papers" indited between 1928 and 1935 by superhuman personalities whose names are given with their respective papers in the book.
The humans into whose hands the papers were delivered are now deceased. The means by which the papers were materialized was unique and is not clearly understood.
The contents are a compilation of the best thinking of more than 1,000 human authors writing between the first century and the present era, edited and combined with information and commentary by a superhuman revelatory commission.
Current research is beginning to identify the human sources used in this undertaking.
Although the Urantia Papers have been in print for nearly fifty years, no formal religion has sprung from their teachings.
The spiritual insights of the book are used by teachers, ministers, and lay persons of many faiths to enrich the highest values in their own traditions.
Many individuals outside established religious institutions have developed rich, personal spiritual lives as a result of reading The Urantia Book.
An international network of independent study groups continues to develop. Several translations exist and more are currently in progress.