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Skeptics like Martin Gardner have tried to use the work of Matthew Block to discredit the Urantia Book as a revelation. I find this a little silly considering that no one human author could likely synthesize so many sources from so many diverse subjects while providing better insights than the original sources themselves.

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Almost every critical student of religion after reading The Urantia Book first tests the hypothesis that Dr. Sadler or a group of scholars wrote the book. Some twenty-five years ago we had a group of around a dozen theologically trained people who thoroughly examined this thesis. We came to the conclusion on empirical grounds that no one person could have written it. The background knowledge required is simply too comprehensive for one person to have mastered. The spiritual insights were at too high a level over too extensive a span to believe one person could have written it--there are no historical parallels that are this extensive. The coherence of this entire and complex book are amazing and surpass that of the best authors of past and present. Against such odds, if we still assume Dr. Sadler wrote the book, we would have to recognize him as one of the greatest geniuses who ever lived--which Dr. Rheaume not only does not do but seems to imply that the author needed only quite ordinary scholarly abilities to produce the book.
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Even if Sadler were the human author, and I am not saying that he is, he could have still been under divine inspiration in writing the papers. The Urantia Book itself talks about the Universal Mind, the Thought Adjuster, the Memory of Mercy and other spiritual entities that a human author could have utilized in compiling the text.

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Probably the most serious objective weakness of Dr. Rheaume's analysis is his failure to realize that authorship technically has nothing to do with the quality of a literary or religious production. Truth is not determined by the fact of authorship. Whether or not a religious work is designated as revelation is not determined by authorship. The authorship of much of the Bible and material in other sacred books is not known. Literature which is classified as revelation is the result of the judgment of many people over many years of experience. I am confident this judgment will be made of The Urantia Book in the centuries to come.

An individual can make the judgment that The Urantia Book is revelatory now. But this evaluation is a personal decision and an act of faith--hopefully after thorough intellectual and experiential analysis has been made. For all practical purposes, it makes little difference whether a person classifies The Urantia Book as revelation or not. "A rose by any other name smells the same." I usually advise people when starting to read the book not to view it as revelation. Read it critically like any other book. Truth either speaks to us personally or it does not. Much later we can decide whether or not we think the spirit of God speaks through the book.
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Matthew Block has brought to my attention that the Urantia Book's information on Cynicism was originally taken from a source on Islam and Sikhism, not Cynicism. How do we explain this apparent discrepancy?

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Red indicates where the UB writer drew passages from one religion’s sacred scriptures
and applied them to another religion, philosophy or personal faith statement. This occurs
in the Cynicism, Buddhism, Hinduism and “Our Religion” sections.
http://www.squarecircles.com/urantiaboo ... ogress.pdf

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The most interesting parts of the Urantia Book are the vast amount of information that cannot be found in human sources.

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I regard The Urantia Book revelatory for the same reason I so regard the Bible. It contains the highest quality of insight into spiritual truth and Reality of any book I know. It presents the most meaningful spiritual cosmology available on the planet. The best in Christian eschatology pales by comparison. It contains the most dynamic and spiritually uplifting picture of the life and teaching of Jesus available. It integrates science, philosophy, and religion more effectively than any other religious source. It is validated more completely by experience than any religious view with which I am acquainted. This is the important thing about The Urantia Book.
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Criticism: The Urantia Book contains no new and original concepts. There is really nothing new in its presentation of cosmology, philosophy and religion.

In reply to this criticism, I submit 64 concepts and doctrines which are new and original as presented in The Urantia Book, not to mention more than one hundred additional narratives which represent enlargement, amplification, and clarification of existing knowledge.

The Eternal Son of Paradise: For the first time in human records clearly designated and personally identified.
The unique Conjoint Actor: The concept of the Third Person of Deity is both unique and original in the Urantia Papers.
The Paradise Trinity: In The Urantia Book the Paradise Trinity finds its only present-day identification and recognition.
The Central Geographic Residence of Deity: For the first time the world knows exactly where God lives.
The absolute Isle of Paradise: The original concept of Paradise as the absolute of non-deity reality.
Multiple Creator Sons: Recognition of more than 700,000 Creator Paradise Sons.
Concept of the Absolutes: The concept of the Unqualified, Universal, and Deity Absolutes is original with the Urantia Book.
Doctrine of Evolutionary Deity: While I saw an intimation of finite Deity in one of Pratt's books about the time of the coming of the Urantia Papers, I am sure that the concepts of the Supreme Being and God the Ultimate are original.
Concept of the Triunities: The Triunities are an original Urantia concept.
Havona Universe and Natives: The billion world picture of Havona and its inhabitants is a wholly new and original concept.
The Concept of Space: Notwithstanding the theory of an "exploding cosmos," the space concept of The Urantia Book is new and original.
The Grand and Master Universes: The overall concept of the Master cosmos is not only original, but it far transcends all previous ideas.
The Seven Orders of Trinity-Created Days: While one of these seven orders, the "Ancients of Days," is mentioned in the Bible, the whole presentation is both new and original.
The Paradise Sons of God: The story of Magisterial and Trinity Teacher Sons in addition to Creator Sons is entirely original with The Urantia Book.
Trinitized Sons of God: The story and technique of the trinitization of divine Sons is unique and original in the Urantia Papers.
The Seven Master Spirits: While the Bible makes mention of seven Spirits of God, it is only in The Urantia Book that these Spirits are identified and their work fully described.
The Vast Family of the Conjoint Actor: The vast and far- flung family of the Infinite Spiritþsupernaphim, seconaphim, Solitary Messengers are but briefly foreshadowed by the Biblical narrative of seraphim and cherubim.
The Universal Circuits: The gravity, personality, spirit, and mind circuits are original teaching of The Urantia Book.
Universal Reflectivity - Majeston: The amazing story of universal reflectivity is a wholly new an original presentation of the Urantia revelation.
Power Directors- Force Organizers: The whole concept of intelligent and purposive control of cosmic energy is original with The Urantia Book.
Evolution of Energy - Matter: While some phases of the Urantia story of the evolution of energy may have been foreshadowed by scientific discovery, nevertheless, the concept as a whole is new as presented in the Urantia Papers.
The Ultimaton: At the time of the suggestion of the Ultimaton in the Urantia Papers, I had never heard of such a concept in scientific literature. During the past five or six years, I have noted several different intimations of the possible existence of some physical factor analogous to the ultimaton concept .
Origin of the Solar System: While the Urantia narrative of the origin of the solar system includes some features of the Moulton-Chamberlain theory, the whole story is so complete and unique as to make it practically an original presentation.
The Architectural Worlds: Worlds made to order of specifications is original with The Urantia Book.
Universe Administration: From the inhabited world to the management of the grand universe the administrative scheme of The Urantia Book is entirely new.
The Life Carriers: Nothing like the concept of the Life Carriers has ever been suggested to humankind in all past history.
Origin of the Human Race: While the Urantia story of the origin of the human race validates doctrine of evolution, nevertheless, it presents such a detailed and unique narrative as to constitute an all but original presentation of human origins.
Origin of the Colored Races: The Urantia story of the origin of the Sangik races is the only such narrative in existence.
Source and Nature of Personality: While The Urantia Book, like science, fails to define personality, it does designate its origin and gratifyingly portrays its magnificent destiny.
The Concept of Thought Adjusters: While the Bible talks about the "true light which lighteth every man coming into the world," the story of Thought Adjusters as revealed in the Urantia Papers is so replete and unique as to constitute a new and original story.
Evolution of the Soul: The concept of the origin, nature, and evolution of the soul is original with The Urantia Book.
Identification of the Holy Spirit: Pointing out the Holy Spirit as the presence of the Local Universe Mother Spirit is altogether new and original in the Urantia Papers.
The Seven Adjutant Spirits: While the Bible makes mention of seven spirits and in Isaiah partially identifies them, the Urantia narrative is so full and unique as to make it an original presentation.
Local Universe Sons of God: The whole story of Local Universe Sons is new and original.
The Ascension Plan þ Be You Perfect: While Jesus propounded the mandate "Be you perfect," etc., the unfoldment of the Paradise ascension plan in The Urantia Book is an all but new and original concept.
The Seven Mansion Worlds: While the Master alluded to the "mansion worlds," the replete story of their nature and province is both new and original.
The Morontia Concept: The whole morontia conceptþthe stage between the material and the spiritualþis new and original.
Celestial Artisans and Reversion Directors: Both of these concepts are new in The Urantia Book. The concept of celestial play and spiritual humor is all but new.
Concept of Permanent Citizenship: This is wholly original with The Urantia Book.
The Urantia Midwayers: While the Old Testament does refer to the "Nephilim" the citation is so indefinite as to constitute the Urantia story of the midwayers as a new and original narrative.
The Superhuman Planetary Government: The story of the planetary functions of the Most Highs, the Reserve Corps, and the planetary seraphim is original, notwithstanding the allusion to the work of the Most Highs in the Bible.
The Billions of Inhabited Worlds: At the time of the arrival of the Urantia Papers, there was no literature dealing with inhabited worlds other than our world. The idea was new. In recent years we frequently run across speculations regarding other inhabited planets.
Clarification of Sin and Rebellion: The unique clarification of sin and rebellion is original with The Urantia Book.
Identification of Adam and Eve: The factual narrative of the legendary story of Adam and Eve is original.
Clarification of Melchizedek: The Melchizedek story as clarified in the Urantia narrative is really a new and original concept.
Concept of the Ages of Light and Life: The fruition of mortal evolution as portrayed in the concept of the ages of light and life is altogether new and original.
A Unified History of Urantia: Nowhere else in all the world can you find a consistent and unified history of our world. For the first time we have a chronology of human affairs.
Diseases: The Book presents a new and original explanation of microbic diseases.
Antigravity: The whole concept of antigravity-is unique and original with the Urantia Papers. Only during the last year has any scientist promulgated a theory of antigravity.
Jesus' Birthday: For the first time during the Christian era, we know the real birthday of Jesus--August 21, 7BC.
Experimental Planet: The fact that Urantia was a decimal planetþthat the Life Carriers had permission to attempt new features of biologic evolution. This is information not heretofore known on the planet.
The Evolution of Religion: While you can read much about the evolution of religion on Urantia, nevertheless, the straightforward story told in the Urantia Papers is unique and original.
The Unique Reason for Jesus' Bestowal: The Urantia Book presents a new, unique, and original reason for Jesus' life and death on our world.
A Chronological Story of Jesus' Life: The Book presents the only complete story of Jesus' life on this world.
Identification of the Twelve Apostles: The Urantia story is the first time the confusion of the 12 Apostles has been straightened out.
The Unique Story of Mary: The story of Mary, the mother of Jesus, is unique and original.
The Water and the Wine: As far as I know, The Urantia Book presents an original explanation of this supposed miracle.
Explanation of Unintended Miracles: The Book presents a possible explanation of numerous unintended miracles.
Jesus' Attitude toward Art and Athletics: The Master's attitude toward art and athletics is nowhere else revealed.
The Sermon on the Mount: I am, of course, not familiar with all the literature on the Sermon on the Mount. But as far as I know, the interpretation of this address in The Urantia Book is new and original.
The Women' s Evangelistic Corps: This story is new, notwithstanding the brief mention of this matter in the New Testament.
Rodan of Alexandria: This whole story is original with The Urantia Book.
The Story of Abner: The unique story of the head of John the Baptist's apostles is original with the Urantia Papers.
David Zebedee' s Intelligence Corps: This entire story is exclusively Found in The Urantia Book
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What ultimately matters is whether the Urantia Book helps you to have a relationship with Jesus. Even Martin Gardner, an outspoken skeptic of the Urantia Book, said the Urantia Book was either written by celestial beings in a position to know or by someone who knew the New Testament by heart and the culture in which Jesus lived. I don't believe that source studies should be threatening to an honest person's faith.

I started reading the Urantia Book, not to be converted into a new religion, but because it already agreed with my views on the person and teachings of Jesus, the afterlife, the era of light and life as the endpoint of human evolution, on science, life on other planets, etc. I think it's good for us to see how human sources influenced the papers, but this need not prevent us from seeing how the Spirit of Truth may have influenced them as well.

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Bill Sadler Jr. wrote that the Urantia Book is not a church or sect and that one's belief in the Urantia Book as a revelation is secondary to one's relationship with the Universal Father. I am glad that we don't believe in a revelation that requires word for word agreement to aid one's relationship with the divine.

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Matthew Block has brought to my attention that the Urantia Book's information on Cynicism was originally taken from a source on Islam and Sikhism, not Cynicism. How do we explain this apparent discrepancy?

Hi Yoder. How is that a discrepancy? The authors said that they looked for and used existing concepts and phrases where possible, but didn't say that those existing concepts and phrases couldn't be taken and adapted from different subjects.

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Matthew Block has brought to my attention that the Urantia Book's information on Cynicism was originally taken from a source on Islam and Sikhism, not Cynicism. How do we explain this apparent discrepancy?

Hi Yoder. How is that a discrepancy? The authors said that they looked for and used existing concepts and phrases where possible, but didn't say that those existing concepts and phrases couldn't be taken and adapted from different subjects.

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It would be historically inaccurate to take information on Sikhism and Islam and use it to describe the teachings of Cynicism.

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It would be historically inaccurate to take information on Sikhism and Islam and use it to describe the teachings of Cynicism.

Hi Yoder, I can see your point, but I don't think it's that cut and dry. If the material was also applicable to Cynicism, then it's not historically inaccurate - it would just be a case of philosophical overlap, and of using existing expressions and phrases.

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Of all parts of the Urantia Book, the middle papers for me speak the most to the divine authorship of the Urantia Book. It's hard for me to believe that a mere mortal alone wrote Growth of the Trinity Concept, Deity and Reality, and the Thought Adjuster papers without any sort of divine inspiration.

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