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1. What is the Urantia Book?
2. Is the Urantia Book a New Age book?

3. Who wrote the Urantia Book?

1. What is the Urantia Book?

ANSWER #1: The Urantia Book is a revelation of truth given to the peoples of our planet, Urantia. It instructs us on God, angels, life after death, the structure of the universe and its divinely planned developments, the origin and history of our planet, the life and teachings of Jesus, and our eternal destiny as perfected citizens of a friendly universe. It provides an enlightening picture of reality in which science, religion and philosophy are unified. It give us the "big picture" and shows us where we, as individuals, fit into it.

ANSWER #2: The Urantia Book provides powerful evidence that our world is part of a friendly, intelligent and well-ordered universe. Many believe it to be the most important revelation of truth to our world since Jesus. The book truly provides a deep appreciation and understanding of the origin, history and destiny of mankind while illuminating our place in the cosmic family of freewill intelligent beings. It reveals as never before an infinite circle of creation at the center of which reigns our infinite, almighty and loving Creator.

ANSWER #3: The teachings of the Urantia Book blend science, philosophy, and religion seamlessly into a beautiful narrative that challenges, informs, and integrates truth in a new way. The entire subject matter of the book seeks to make clear our divine and eternal destiny, "the age-long process from animal to angel, from angel to spirit, from spirit to God." (P. 558). The teachings include information on the organization, places, and personalities of the cosmos; the history of our planet, Urantia; a description of our continuing spiritual evolution; a new view of reality by explaining the concepts of personality, mind, and soul; how we experience supreme evolution of our progression towards God in partnership with spirit in our minds; and lastly a new and enlarged account of the life and teachings of Jesus.

ANSWER #4: The Urantia Book may be the most powerful evidence ever that there is intelligent life in the universe. The Urantia Book boldly claims to be a revelation of truth to our world from the headquarters of the superuniverse. A revelation in book form, it is intended to help guide humankind into the next era of evolutionary progress. The Urantia Book provides a deeper appreciation and understanding of our own planetary family, as well as of our place in the cosmic family of freewill intelligent beings. It reveals as never before an infinite circle of creation, at the center of which reigns our beneficent and loving Creator.

ANSWER #5: It is a 2097-page text containing beautiful spiritual teachings, including a unique perspective on deity that integrates science and physics with religion in a way that has never been done before. It depicts the history of our universe, our planet and civilization, and contains a profound, in-depth account of the life and teachings of Jesus far beyond what has ever been written. It provides a detailed analysis on the state of our religious institutions and their shortcomings, and guidance on what needs to be done for them to keep pace with advancing civilization. Ultimately, it provides guidance on realizing world peace.

ANSWER #6: The Urantia Book is the fifth epochal revelation to our planet. It is a 2097-page compendium of cosmology, science, philosophy, history and religion. It is unified, consistent, inspiring and beautifully written. One third of it is a restatement of the life and teachings of Jesus, the fourth epochal revelation.

ANSWER #7. It has been called the handbook for learning to become a cosmic citizen. It has also been called a revelation of truth of epochal significance. But no amount of talking about it is adequate to find out what it is you’ll just have to read it for yourself and draw your own conclusions.

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2. Is the Urantia Book a New Age book?

ANSWER #1: The Urantia Book could be regarded as the greatest New Age book of them all—an authoritative bridge from the Old Age into the New Age. It has been called (the handbook for the New Age).

ANSWER #2: Depending upon your definition of (New Age,) the answer could be yes or no. Mainstream religionists tend to group New Age religion under an umbrella covering a myriad of groups and scores of authors basically teaching the following:
        1. All is one: all reality is a unitary whole responsive to various forms of magic;
        2. Everything is God and God is everything;
        3. You are God. You are divine;
        4. You will never die; You have lived before and you will live again (reincarnation);
        5. You can create your own reality or transform your own consciousness;
        6. All religions are true and, therefore, one.
In a literal sense such New Age teachings are not supported by the Urantia Book; so the answer is no, it is not a New Age book. However, many Urantia Book students have discovered the book because of their New Age quests. It could be called the ultimate New Age book because it dispels superstition, clarifies fuzzy, hazy thinking and nebulous concepts, and provides intelligent, logical and meaningful answers to the kinds of questions New Agers, among others, ask.

ANSWER #3: The teachings of The Urantia Book are certainly new in many respects, and in a sense its presence here bears witness to a new age on earth. However, the book is also a reiteration of a message that is anything but new to mankind. The proclamation that every human being is a member of the family of God and that each person can come to realize this fact by faith and through grace is surely not (New Age.) The book exquisitely weaves the past with the present and the future to give us a wholistic vision of our existence. The Urantia Book is truly unprecedented, and is nearly impossible to label.

ANSWER #4: The last few decades have seen an emergence of various forms of teachings and groups coming from channelers, mystics, avatars, and the like. Many of these contain an esoteric approach to spirituality and some groups become cultlike with rituals, practices and doctrines to be adhered to. If we consider these as a definition of (New Age,) the Urantia Book does not fall into this category. The Urantia Book stresses that we do not have to be mystics with esoteric knowledge in order to live a spiritually meaningful life. It teaches that God is no respecter of persons and that average persons can attain high levels of spiritual understanding and live their lives accordingly. It refers to the times we live in and are about to enter into as the (New Age,) but this is in the context specific to the book’s teachings on modern times. Through a thoughtful reading of its contents, applying our best judgment and listening to our indwelling spirit, we can arrive at our own conclusions.

ANSWER #5: It entirely depends on what one means by (New Age.) This book does indeed offer information that can help people move toward a new age in religious thinking and social peace. The Urantia Book redefines (religious) as the experiencing of divinity in the consciousness, and as one’s personal spiritual experience. Thus experience and values, not belief, is the essence of religion. It would indeed usher in a new age in religion if beliefs ceased to be a barrier between groups of religionists. . . . One of the fruits of religion is the ability to recognize religious living in others, and this could open up a new age in the socialization of religion, one that allows interchange and respect between religionists whose beliefs differ. It is such teachings that constitute the Urantia Book the most important new age book around. . . .

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3. Who wrote the Urantia Book?

ANSWER #1: To understand who wrote the book one must believe in angels. The true authors are a team of higher beings in the universe who were assigned the task of giving us this knowledge. Because humans and superhumans cannot communicate directly with each other, a uniquely talented human being was used as a transmitter. Nobody knows who he was or how it was done, and those who knew at one time died without revealing the secret to prevent us from creating another (gallery of saints.) What we are left with is a stupendous 2097-page revelation of truth that will stand or fall on its own merits.

Twenty-three separate authors are attributed to be responsible for the content of the 196 Papers and Foreword of the Urantia Book. They’re described and their credentials are provided within the book itself. As the Urantia Book contains much of the best historical, scientific, philosophical, and religious thought from across the ages, there is currently considerable research underway to identify the original authors of the supporting material.
ANSWER #3: The Urantia Book is the result of a team effort by many personalities. Who these personalities are and how they relate to us is described in the writings and explained in the cosmology presented therein.
ANSWER #4: No human being is listed as author of the Urantia Book. The book itself refers to the authorship as a collaborative effort by many superhuman and celestial beings, each of whom brought to this endeavor individual areas of knowledge and expertise. They are listed in the Table of Contents and at the end of each of the 196 Papers. The Foreword describes how these beings were commissioned to bring to our world this revelation intended to provide us with a cosmic perspective of who we are and how we fit into the greater flow of cosmic events.
ANSWER #5: The authors are beings claiming to be celestial personalities of various kinds angels, archangels, Melchizedeks, and others. The content of the book explains the origins and functions of all of these orders of celestials. The best way for anyone to assess these extraordinary claims is to read the entire book and assess it as a whole.
ANSWER #6: Its authors are celestial beings with names like Divine Counselor and Mighty Messenger. It came through a single human being in Chicago. Who that person was, or the exact method of its transmission, is unknown. The person most closely associated with it was Dr. William. S. Sadler. He wrote many books himself, but his writing style is quite different from the Urantia Book, and he was probably not the author.
ANSWER #7: Oral tradition holds that the book was received from superhuman revelators working through a human contact personality. This information was assembled into 196 papers over a twenty-year period which resulted in The Urantia Book. Dr. William S. Sadler, a Chicago psychiatrist, was involved in this process although the contact personality was never identified. In the appendix to his book The Mind at Mischief, Dr. Sadler stated the information imparted from this source was always consistent within itself and said it was (in a class by itself.)
ANSWER #8: The authors are a collection of celestial beings who identify themselves at the end of each paper. It is said that these papers were transmitted through an individual in Chicago during his sleep and that when he awoke he was totally unaware of what had transpired. It was mandated that his identity be kept secret because he was simply a conduit; that the message was important, not the messenger. This individual came to the attention of Dr. William Sadler, a noted psychiatrist and debunker of spiritualism, who began to take great interest in the material being transmitted. Sadler then gathered a handful of people who became known as the Contact Commission. They began recording the information which came through as a series of papers. The next twenty years were spent reviewing the information, asking questions of the revelators and taking their revisions.
ANSWER #9: Although the origins of the Urantia Book may seem out of the ordinary, when we read its contents we are engaged by its resonance of truth, advanced information, spiritual eloquence, and powerful message for our generation and those to come. When taken in full context, the book is self-authenticating. We must also remember that all of our religions have elements of mystery in their origins. Yet, over time we have come to accept them because of the transformational qualities they contain for us individually and collectively. The same applies to the Urantia Book.
ANSWER #10: There is much detailed speculation and conjecture on the origin, organization, and method of reception of the Urantia Papers, but how they actually were obtained constitutes an amazing mystery about which little is truly known or understood. The authors are listed in the Table of Contents and at the end of each of the 196 papers comprising the Urantia Book. The authors identify themselves as a diverse group of heavenly beings who were commissioned to bring to our world the next in a series of revelations intended to restore to humankind an understanding of the true nature of God, of our origin, history, and destiny, and to provide us with a cosmic perspective of who we are and how we fit into the greater flow of cosmic events.
ANSWER #11: No human being is listed as author of the Urantia Book. The book itself refers to the authorship as a collaborative effort by many superhuman and celestial beings, all of whom brought to this endeavor individual areas of knowledge and expertise. However, they tell us from the beginning that they were mandated to give priority to any human expressions of truth that represented "the highest and most advanced planetary knowledge of spiritual values and universe meanings" as would convey the truth "as they were directed to reveal it " before resorting to their own superior expressions of truth-knowledge. The various and diverse writings of many human beings were masterfully coordinated, enhanced, and improved by the authors responsible for the creation of the Urantia Book.
ANSWER #12: It is known that one human being was utilized as a "sleeping subject" to produce the Urantia teachings, but this man did not want to be known for the phenomenon. Records of the events concerning the book’s origin state that six people knew his identity, but none ever revealed his name. Witnesses to these events have reported that the authors of the Urantia Book indicated it was best that he remain anonymous, because the truth and wisdom of the teachings would endure on their own merits without a human personality to authenticate them.
ANSWER #13: In the early 20th century, a physician practicing in Chicago became the head of a small group known as the Contact Commission, the primary custodian of and focal point for producing the text of the Urantia Book. They were sworn not to disclose details about the transactions in order to discourage future generations from venerating the participants. It was considered important that no individuals be exalted through their association with the Urantia Book. Because of its revelatory nature, the book stands on its own merit. As the contents of were being transcribed, the individual papers were read to the Forum, a group that had been meeting regularly for philosophical discussions at the doctor’s residence. The Forum was encouraged to ask questions, and many of the answers were then incorporated into the papers.

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