To those here who have kids; do you tell them about the Urantia Book and its teachings?
I sometimes feel a little guilty when the words 'child indoctrination' is thrown around. Religious parents often introduce their religion to their children in less than praiseworthy ways. They teach that their religion is the ONLY truth and that there is no good outside of the religion. They don't introduce their children to other religious or non religious persuasions. They teach them to deny evolution. All of this when their minds are not developed enough for critical thinking.
With this in mind, I would urge a degree of caution. However, I have in fact introduced my daughter or the UB. I don't consider it child indoctrination for the following reasons:
1. I never claimed that this book is the ONLY truth.
2. I never claimed that this book is the ONLY way to be a good person.
3. I never told my child to read the book or spread the teachings at school.
4. I teach my child about other religious, philosophic, scientific and political persuasions and that one day she will have to decide for herself what to believe.
The only obligation the child has that an adult does not is to be aware that the book exists and that it's teachings are available should he/she wish to learn of them. An adult could glance at the cover and quickly dismiss it's potential value.
Now for my story: I showed the book to my 10 year old daughter and explained what it is in words like this: Many years ago in Chicago a doctor was called to examine a man talking in his sleep. The voices coming from the man as he slept claimed they were angels using the sleeping man as a telephone and wanted to reveal all the secrets of God. The doctor with a group of friends started writing down everything the sleeping man said and that's what this book is.
Yeah I know that's a simplified explanation, but I am trying to convey it in a way a child can understand. When I asked my daughter what her thoughts on the story were she said "It's.... interesting" and then I asked if she believed the story to be true and she said "I don't know" I also found it amusing when she wrestled with advanced English as she read sentences from the book.
I then told her that one day I hoped she would be open minded enough to try to read the book.
It would also be interesting to show the book cover to babies and toddlers. A child's memories work in very interesting ways. While they are unable to recall specific events chronologically or people they knew prior to the age of 4 or 5, they CAN vividly remember the environment around them. So if you were to show the UB to a 2 year old, in the future they could potentially be able to say: "I remember growing up my dad sitting in his armchair with a giant blue book!" and if they re-discover the book later in life, they could confirm they have seen it before.