You asked: I just came across The Urantia Book in a used
bookstore and I found it strangely beautiful. I really liked its comments
about Islam and Greek Philosophy. The problem for me is its espousal of
evolution, which I have come to reject as specious science.
Do you have any suggestions for me? Is evolution central to Urantia
A: First of all, I liked your characterization of what you read in
The Urantia Book as "strangely beautiful." I find it so as well.
The subject matter is indeed strange to one who is unfamiliar with it, and
the writing used to explain the material is quite beautiful and unusual,
unlike any other writing that I've ever seen.
I am sorry to hear that you find the teachings about evolution to be
incompatible with your beliefs, going so far as to call it "specious
science." You ask if evolution is central to Urantian theology ... yes, it
is. And then you ask if we have any suggestions for you, so I'd like to
offer what help I can.
I wonder if you've read "The Overcontrol of
Evolution" in The Urantia Book? If not, I hope that, before
you make a blanket rejection of its teachings, you'll do yourself the
favor of at least reading that one paper. In it, you'll discover that
evolution is not limited to the physical realms, but encompasses the
mindal and spiritual realms as well.
Also, I do hope that you have read at least some of Part I, all about God. In those papers, we discover
God as he really is, or as much as he can be discovered by mortals through
reading about him. We learn that God is an infinite being who, until he
willed creation into place, was trapped in his infinity. By putting
creation into place, he was able to escape the limitations of his lonely,
infinite existence. God remains infinite but his creation includes worlds
like ours that are born out of the paroxysms of space - worlds that begin
as barren accretions of matter, but worlds which then are seeded with life
that is allowed to grow and - yes, evolve. Worlds like ours are necessary
for God to be able to experience finite existence, growth, and finally
perfection through actually sharing that kind of life with his created
beings - with us. He has given a portion of himself to indwell the minds
of mortals - a portion
of infinity that assists the creature to discover its maker and strive
And that is where evolution comes in. One way to look at evolution is
as the infinite, timeless God's creation in finite time and space. While a
timeless, infinite Creator's design is perfect in eternity and exists
always in the eternal NOW, it has to grow to that perfect pattern in TIME
and in FINITE space. And it grows through trial and error. If a
modification works and increases an organism's ability to thrive - whether
physically, mentally, or spiritually - it is incorporated into the cycle.
We can see this in our own lives. Most of us think and act far differently
at 65 than at 25; our experiences have taught us what works and what does
not, and through our experiences, we learn wisdom. All organisms learn
this way, from a one-celled amoeba to man himself. That's evolution.
I see at one place in this lengthy email post that you are a Jewish man
who converted to Christianity; it occurs to me that in your writings about
Jesus you have likely had as your source for Jesus' words and deeds, the
Bible - most likely the New Testament. Before the advent of The
Urantia Book, the Bible had been THE source for the life and
teachings of Jesus for the whole world. And so, whatever it is that you
gleaned from your Bible research about Jesus' teachings regarding
evolution may need revision. Reading Part IV of The Urantia Book will be a very good place
to start that revision, as it is the real story of the Master's life
unencumbered by passing through human perceptions and prejudices; rather,
it is a true eye-witness account of Jesus' life given by those who were
actually there, and who recorded that life for the benefit of a whole
universe. In that life, I feel it is safe to say that you'll find nothing
of a contradictory stance towards the concept of evolution.
Those are the suggestions that I would offer you. I have included links
here to a few things; if you are still sincerely open to suggestions,
these links (above) will be helpful to you.
Thanks again for writing; I hope this reply is helpful to you. Write