man first became conscious of himself, and of his environment, he has
asked questions about both. Regardless of how the questions are worded, in
general they can be reduced to a few simple queries. These are: "Why am I
here?" "Where am I going?" "What is the meaning of it all?", and, "What am
to these questions have not been easy to obtain. Man, therefore, developed
a technique of postulating answers to his questions, and then attempted to
develop the means of testing these postulates under reproducible
conditions consistent with his knowledge of his environment. Thus was the
scientific method for the study of physical phenomena born and its success
has changed the face of civilization.
success has accrued to the efforts of man in the areas of meanings
(Philosophy) and values (Religion), for no valid method has ever been
developed to test the postulates of philosophy and religion with the
efficiencies available to science at the physical level of existence. The
truth of meanings and values is something that must still be "felt" by the
individual as a near-emotional experience. Consequently, individual
judgment, with all its personal uniqueness and variety, is still a major
testing procedure for new postulates in Philosophy and Religion.
history has taught us that many men and women who we have called
"prophets" have periodically appeared with new and advanced postulates
that have gained such acceptance that new religions have resulted
therefrom which have had tremendous influence on the development of
civilization. In this group we find Gautama Siddhartha (Buddha) in India;
Lao-Tse and Confucius in China; Ikhnaton in Egypt; Zoroaster in Persia,
all of whom mysteriously appeared about 2,500 years ago, almost as though
by design; to be followed later by Jesus of Nazareth and Mohammed in
Arabia. Scores of others, perhaps less well known, have appeared on the
stage and have had their influence on the world.
teachings of these "prophets" we have called "revelations", because each
advanced a new concept of man in relation to ultimate reality they
"revealed" new truths to man about himself and his relations to his
environment, and in some degree, to his Creator. They have all had a
strong impact because they provided contemporary answers to the questions
revelation, short of finding and recognizing ultimate reality, God, The
Uncaused Cause, can be final. Revelation is time periodic, partial, and
limited to the conceptual boundaries of manís intellectual universe of
knowledge. As manís intellectual frontiers have expanded, and when the
need for new revelations caused by this has grown to a point of great
tensions, another revelation has always appeared.
understanding of cosmology is growing with the use of the 200-inch
telescope, and the radio-telescopes and receivers, aimed at space. Data
already collected may not be analyzed and interpreted for many years. Men
have actually walked on the Moon. Probes have gone to the planets Mars and
Venus to record and return data, even photographs.
Slowly it is
dawning upon us that even the physical size of the universe may be beyond
our present capabilities to comprehend. So far we have been able to detect
very little about physical universe organization beyond our present ideas
about galaxies. We ask the questions: How are the starry heavens
organized? Is there a pattern in cosmology such as we find in terrestrial
nature? What is manís relation to all of this? Does he have a future out
there? Are our ideas about the origin, age, and development of the
universe valid? Are we being misled by our ability to observe only a small
portion instead of the total phenomenon? And finally, again, why am I
here? These questions contribute to a mounting tension.
without fanfare or publicity, without preaching or promotion, there
appeared in the city of Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., a 2097 page book called
The Urantia Book. Its name derives from the fact that within it our planet
is called Urantia. Those who have read it seriously and in detail, and
repeatedly, are generally convinced that it is the "revelation" for which
contemporary society has so long been crying.
this book a revelation? The true answer can only be found in reading it
then studying it. However, some reasons are and can be given. Simply,
because it presents a cosmology which is consistent with, and an extension
of our present knowledge of cosmology. For example, it foretold Calcium 19
as being present in the sun. It was discovered there in 1964. (Time
Magazine, May 29th, 1964, p. 80.) It presents a clear,
understandable story about the nature and destiny of man. It teaches the
religion of Jesus instead of a religion about Jesus. It recognizes the
truths to be found in all religions. It recognizes evolutionary religion
as separate from revelation. It stresses the importance of the individual
regardless of origin and tells something about our supernal destinies. It
differentiates between fact, meaning, and value: science, philosophy, and
religion, and then unites them in a true integration.
Urantia Book is divided into four parts.
Thirty-one papers. These depict the nature of deity and the reality of
Paradise; discuss the cosmology of the Superuniverses, and portray some of
their inhabitants by origin and function. They also discuss the
organization and workings of the Central and Superuniverses.
Twenty-five papers. These discuss the local Universe, an administrative
subdivision, in terms of organization and administration complete with the
personalities in authority. These papers also tell much about the career
of the human personality after it terminates its stay on this planet,
Urantia, by the death and dissolution of its physical carrying mechanism.
They depict our first steps on new worlds and the tremendous program
provided for our personal development which will sometime permit us to
recognize God when we have, by our own efforts, aided by ever-present
celestial help, grown and developed to that point where we have the
conceptual capacity to see and recognize God. The challenge is immense and
the help equal to it.
Three: Sixty-three papers. The history of our own planet, Urantia,
from its origin in a sun (ours) thrown out by the now extinct Andronover
nebula about 6,000,000,000 years ago to the present. Its geologic and life
evolution (after implantation) is traced as well as the evolution of
races, civilizations, customs, philosophies and religions. Many new
insights found in hitherto unavailable sources are revealed. We learn
much, previously forgotten and lost, about our own history and evolution.
New and higher religious insights make their appearance.
Seventy-seven papers. These record the life and teachings of that superb
being known to us as Jesus of Nazareth. From hitherto unavailable sources,
his pre-Urantian life is unfolded and the details of his own early
existence here are told year by year. We learn details of his family life,
his religious growth, the death of his father, Joseph, and much detail
which was apparently withheld from his apostles. What actually happened
when the so-called "miracles" were performed?
detail are the teachings of Jesus which even in the attenuated and
compromised form know as Christianity have been the driving force behind
Western Civilization. Reaffirmed is his great love for the individual, yet
uncompromised is the high ideal of attainment he sets for everyone. Also
presented is the real philosophy and religion of Jesus, and we learn how
much evolutionary religion has diluted it and modified it in order to
force it into the mold of passing contemporary doctrine and dogma. As
presented, the religion of Jesus, and we learn how much evolutionary
religion has diluted it and modified it in order to force it into the mold
of passing contemporary doctrine and dogma. As presented, the religion of
Jesus is dynamic, inspiring, uplifting, totally contemporary because it is
timeless and worthy of lifelong study.
once asked the late Sir Hubert Wilkins, who was a Urantia Book devotee
even prior to publication, "What is your test of the validity of this
work?" Sir Hubertís answer was a succinct classic. He said: "Its utter
consistency with itself."
has gained an outlook upon life and a personal philosophy solely from the
study of this book that he has found in no other sources. Simply
expressed, it is this. The Urantia Book has given me so many clues to the
truths and realities that are to be found from the observation of life on
this planet, that I desire to remain here to experience life and gain
knowledge through the experience of living this life as long as my
physical mechanism can be kept in working order. Knowledge distilled with
experience produces wisdom, a commodity we all need. However, when my
course is finally run, the day I die will be the most interesting day of
J. C. Mills