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  The Urantia Book Online Edition  

The Urantia Book (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, Illinois, sometime between 1924 and 1955. Its authorship remains a matter of speculation. The authors introduce the word "Urantia" as the name of the planet Earth and state that their intent is to "present enlarged concepts and advanced truth" in an "endeavor to expand cosmic consciousness and enhance spiritual perception." Among other topics, the book expounds on the origin and meaning of life, humankind's place in the universe, the relationship between God and people, and the life of Jesus.


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 Urantia Book : is 2,097 pages long, and consists of :

    an introductory statement followed by 196 "papers" divided into four parts :


       Foreword :


       Part I : The Central and Superuniverses


       Part II : The Local Universe


       Part III : The History of Urantia


       Part IV : The Life and Teachings of Jesus


  * The Foreword : is presented as a guide to the terminology developed in greater detail in Part I, and

     provides an explanation for words and phrases that are : "In designation of Deity and certain associated

     concepts of the things, meanings, and values of universal reality".


  * Part I : consists of 31 papers that address what are considered the highest levels of creation,

     beginning with the eternal and infinite "Universal Father", his Trinity associates, and the "Isle of Paradise".


  * Part II : is composed of 25 papers pertaining to the origin, administration and personalities of

     "local universes," in particular the local universe of "Nebadon" that is said to contain Urantia. It presents

      narratives on the inhabitants of local universes and their work as it is coordinated with a scheme of

      spiritual ascension and progression of different orders of beings, including humans.


  * Part III : includes 48 papers that compile a broad history of the Earth, presenting a purported explanation

     of the origin, purpose, evolution, and destiny of our world and its inhabitants. An additional 15 papers

     cover various topics such as "Religion in Human Experience", the concept of the Thought Adjuster,

     "Personality Survival", and "The Bestowals of Christ Michael".


  * Part IV : is presented in 77 papers and narrates "The Life and Teachings of Jesus". Included are papers

     about his childhood, teenage years, family life, public ministry, and the events that led to his crucifixion,

     death, and resurrection. It continues with papers about appearances after he rose, Pentecost, and finally,

     "The Faith of Jesus". Part IV illustrates many of the concepts presented in the first three parts through

     the story of Jesus life.










  God and Human Destiny  




1. The Universal Father
2. The Nature of God
3. The Attributes of God
4. God's Relation to the Universe
5. God's Relation to the Individual
6. The Eternal Son
7. Relation of the Eternal Son to the Universe
8. The Infinite Spirit
9. Relation of the Infinite Spirit to the Universe
10. The Paradise Trinity
11. The Eternal Isle of Paradise
12. The Universe of Universes
13. The Sacred Spheres of Paradise
14. The Central and Divine Universe
15. The Seven Superuniverses
16. The Seven Master Spirits
17. The Seven Supreme Spirit Groups
18. The Supreme Trinity Personalities
19. The Co-ordinate Trinity-Origin Beings
20. The Paradise Sons of God
21. The Paradise Creator Sons
22. The Trinitized Sons of God
23. The Solitary Messengers
24. Higher Personalities of the Infinite Spirit
25. The Messenger Hosts of Space
26. Ministering Spirits of the Central Universe
27. Ministry of the Primary Supernaphim
28. Ministering Spirits of the Superuniverses
29. The Universe Power Directors
30. Personalities of the Grand Universe
31. The Corps of the Finality










   A History of Earth   




57. The Origin of Urantia
58. Life Establishment on Urantia
59. The Marine-Life Era on Urantia
60. Urantia During the Early Land-Life Era
61. The Mammalian Era on Urantia
62. The Dawn Races of Early Man
63. The First Human Family
64. The Evolutionary Races of Color
65. The Overcontrol of Evolution
66. The Planetary Prince of Urantia
67. The Planetary Rebellion
68. The Dawn of Civilization
69. Primitive Human Institutions
70. The Evolution of Human Government
71. Development of the State
72. Government on a Neighboring Planet
73. The Garden of Eden
74. Adam and Eve
75. The Default of Adam and Eve
76. The Second Garden
77. The Midway Creatures
78. The Violet Race After the Days of Adam
79. Andite Expansion in the Orient
80. Andite Expansion in the Occident
81. Development of Modern Civilization
82. The Evolution of Marriage
83. The Marriage Institution
84. Marriage and Family Life
85. The Origins of Worship
86. Early Evolution of Religion
87. The Ghost Cults
88. Fetishes, Charms, and Magic
89. Sin, Sacrifice, and Atonement
90. Shamanism--Medicine Men and Priests
91. The Evolution of Prayer
92. The Later Evolution of Religion
93. Machiventa Melchizedek
94. The Melchizedek Teachings in the Orient
95. The Melchizedek Teachings in the Levant
96. Yahweh—God of the Hebrews
97. Evolution of God Concept Among Hebrews
98. The Melchizedek Teachings in the Occident
99. The Social Problems of Religion
100. Religion in Human Experience
101. The Real Nature of Religion
102. The Foundations of Religious Faith
103. The Reality of Religious Experience
104. Growth of the Trinity Concept
105. Deity and Reality
106. Universe Levels of Reality
107. Origin and Nature of Thought Adjusters
108. Mission and Ministry of Thought Adjusters
109. Relation of Adjusters to Universe Creatures
110. Relation of Adjusters to Individual Mortals
111. The Adjuster and the Soul
112. Personality Survival
113. Seraphic Guardians of Destiny
114. Seraphic Planetary Government
115. The Supreme Being
116. The Almighty Supreme
117. God the Supreme
118. Supreme and Ultimate—Time and Space
119. The Bestowals of Christ Michael

   The Life of Jesus    




120. The Bestowal of Michael on Urantia
121. The Times of Michael's Bestowal
122. Birth and Infancy of Jesus
123. The Early Childhood of Jesus
124. The Later Childhood of Jesus
125. Jesus at Jerusalem
126. The Two Crucial Years
127. The Adolescent Years
128. Jesus' Early Manhood
129. The Later Adult Life of Jesus
130. On the Way to Rome
131. The World's Religions
132. The Sojourn at Rome
133. The Return From Rome
134. The Transition Years
135. John the Baptist
136. Baptism and the Forty Days
137. Tarrying Time in Galilee
138. Training the Kingdom's Messengers
139. The Twelve Apostles
140. The Ordination of the Twelve
141. Beginning the Public Work
142. The Passover at Jerusalem
143. Going Through Samaria
144. At Gilboa and in the Decapolis
145. Four Eventful Days at Capernaum
146. First Preaching Tour of Galilee
147. The Interlude Visit to Jerusalem
148. Training Evangelists at Bethsaida
149. The Second Preaching Tour
150. The Third Preaching Tour
151. Tarrying and Teaching by the Seaside
152. Events Leading Up to the Capernaum Crisis
153. The Crisis at Capernaum
154. Last Days at Capernaum
155. Fleeing Through Northern Galilee
156. The Sojourn at Tyre and Sidon
157. At Caesarea Philippi
158. The Mount of Transfiguration
159. The Decapolis Tour
160. Rodan of Alexandria
161. Further Discussions with Rodan
162. At the Feast of Tabernacles
163. Ordination of the Seventy at Magadan
164. At the Feast of Dedication
165. The Perean Mission Begins
166. Last Visit to Northern Perea
167. The Visit to Philadelphia
168. The Resurrection of Lazarus
169. Last Teaching at Pella
170. The Kingdom of Heaven
171. On the Way to Jerusalem
172. Going to Jerusalem
173. Monday in Jerusalem
174. Tuesday Morning in the Temple
175. The Last Temple Discourse
176. Tuesday Evening on Mount Olivet
177. Wednesday, the Rest Day
178. Last Day at the Camp
179. The Last Supper
180. The Farewell Discourse
181. Final Admonitions and Warnings
182. In Gethsemane
183. The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus
184. Before the Sanhedrin Court
185. The Trial Before Pilate
186. Just Before the Crucifixion
187. The Crucifixion
188. The Time of the Tomb
189. The Resurrection
190. Morontia Appearances of Jesus
191. Appearances to Apostles and Other Leaders
192. Appearances in Galilee
193. Final Appearances and Ascension
194. Bestowal of the Spirit of Truth
195. After Pentecost
196. The Faith of Jesus