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The Urantia Book Workbooks: Volume I - Foreword and Part I The Urantia Book Workbooks: Volume I - Foreword and Part I

The Urantia Book Workbooks: Volume I - Foreword and Part I The Urantia Book Workbooks: Volume I - Foreword and Part I

Originally published in the 1950s and 1960s, these study aids were authored by Dr. William S. Sadler and Alvin Kulieke to serve as texts to train teachers and students of the Fifth Epochal Revelation. The first of the 2003 re-printings of these texts, used by some of the founding members of the Urantia movement, will be available in May of 2003, with three more volumes to follow in early Fall. These new 6" x 9" paperback books, printed on top-quality paper, feature full-color covers and are thematically organized with discussions on Part I of The Urantia Book, comparisons between the New Testament and The Urantia Book, discussions of the science of The Urantia Book, and many other subjects. These volumes will certainly be a great help to students seeking a greater understanding of this profound gift to mankind.

Series: Urantia Book Workbooks
Paperback: 444 pages
Publisher: Urantia Foundation (May 1, 2003)

The Urantia Book Workbooks: Volume II - Science The Urantia Book Workbooks: Volume II - Science

The Urantia Book Workbooks: Volume II - Science The Urantia Book Workbooks: Volume II - Science

Originally published in the 1950s and 1960s, these study aids were authored by Dr. William S. Sadler and Alvin Kulieke to serve as texts to train teachers and students of the Fifth Epochal Revelation. The first of the 2003 re-printings of these texts, used by some of the founding members of the Urantia movement, will be available in May of 2003, with three more volumes to follow in early Fall. These new 6" x 9" paperback books, printed on top-quality paper, feature full-color covers and are thematically organized with discussions on Part I of The Urantia Book, comparisons between the New Testament and The Urantia Book, discussions of the science of The Urantia Book, and many other subjects. These volumes will certainly be a great help to students seeking a greater understanding of this profound gift to mankind.

Series: Urantia Book Workbooks
Paperback: 412 pages
Publisher: Urantia Foundation (May 1, 2003)

The Urantia Book Workbooks: Volume III - Topical and Doctrinal Study The Urantia Book Workbooks: Volume III - Topical and Doctrinal Study

The Urantia Book Workbooks: Volume III - Topical and Doctrinal Study The Urantia Book Workbooks: Volume III - Topical Study

Originally published in the 1950s and 1960s, these study aids were authored by Dr. William S. Sadler and Alvin Kulieke to serve as texts to train teachers and students of the Fifth Epochal Revelation. The first of the 2003 re-printings of these texts, used by some of the founding members of the Urantia movement, will be available in May of 2003, with three more volumes to follow in early Fall. These new 6" x 9" paperback books, printed on top-quality paper, feature full-color covers and are thematically organized with discussions on Part I of The Urantia Book, comparisons between the New Testament and The Urantia Book, discussions of the science of The Urantia Book, and many other subjects. These volumes will certainly be a great help to students seeking a greater understanding of this profound gift to mankind.

Series: Urantia Book Workbooks
Paperback: 620 pages
Publisher: Urantia Foundation (May 1, 2003)

The Urantia Book The Urantia Book
The Urantia Book The Urantia Book

Love

Love is truly contagious and eternally creative. (p. 2018) “Devote your life to proving that love is the greatest thing in the world.” (p. 2047) “Love is the ancestor of all spiritual goodness, the essence of the true and the beautiful.” (p. 2047) The Father’s love can become real to mortal man only by passing through that man’s personality as he in turn bestows this love upon his fellows. (p. 1289) The secret of a better civilization is bound up in the Master’s teachings of the brotherhood of man, the good will of love and mutual trust. (p. 2065)

Prayer

Prayer is not a technique of escape from conflict but rather a stimulus to growth in the very face of conflict. (p. 1002) The sincerity of any prayer is the assurance of its being heard. … (p. 1639) God answers man’s prayer by giving him an increased revelation of truth, an enhanced appreciation of beauty, and an augmented concept of goodness. (p. 1002) …Never forget that the sincere prayer of faith is a mighty force for the promotion of personal happiness, individual self-control, social harmony, moral progress, and spiritual attainment. (p. 999)

Suffering

There is a great and glorious purpose in the march of the universes through space. All of your mortal struggling is not in vain. (p. 364) Mortals only learn wisdom by experiencing tribulation. (p. 556)

Angels

The angels of all orders are distinct personalities and are highly individualized. (p. 285) Angels....are fully cognizant of your moral struggles and spiritual difficulties. They love human beings, and only good can result from your efforts to understand and love them. (p. 419)

Our Divine Destiny

If you are a willing learner, if you want to attain spirit levels and reach divine heights, if you sincerely desire to reach the eternal goal, then the divine Spirit will gently and lovingly lead you along the pathway of sonship and spiritual progress. (p. 381) …They who know that God is enthroned in the human heart are destined to become like him—immortal. (p. 1449) God is not only the determiner of destiny; he is man’s eternal destination. (p. 67)

Family

Almost everything of lasting value in civilization has its roots in the family. (p. 765) The family is man’s greatest purely human achievement. ... (p. 939)

Faith

…Faith will expand the mind, ennoble the soul, reinforce the personality, augment the happiness, deepen the spirit perception, and enhance the power to love and be loved. (p. 1766) “Now, mistake not, my Father will ever respond to the faintest flicker of faith.” (p. 1733)

History/Science

The story of man’s ascent from seaweed to the lordship of earthly creation is indeed a romance of biologic struggle and mind survival. (p. 731) 2,500,000,000 years ago… Urantia was a well developed sphere about one tenth its present mass. … (p. 658) 1,000,000,000 years ago is the date of the actual beginning of Urantia [Earth] history. (p. 660) 450,000,000 years ago the transition from vegetable to animal life occurred. (p. 669) From the year A.D. 1934 back to the birth of the first two human beings is just 993,419 years. (p. 707) About five hundred thousand years ago…there were almost one-half billion primitive human beings on earth. … (p. 741) Adam and Eve arrived on Urantia, from the year A.D. 1934, 37,848 years ago. (p. 828)

From the Inside Flap

What’s Inside?

Parts I and II

God, the inhabited universes, life after death, angels and other beings, the war in heaven.

Part III

The history of the world, science and evolution, Adam and Eve, development of civilization, marriage and family, personal spiritual growth.

Part IV

The life and teachings of Jesus including the missing years. AND MUCH MORE…

Excerpts

God, …God is the source and destiny of all that is good and beautiful and true. (p. 1431) If you truly want to find God, that desire is in itself evidence that you have already found him. (p. 1440) When man goes in partnership with God, great things may, and do, happen. (p. 1467)

The Origin of Human Life, The universe is not an accident... (p. 53) The universe of universes is the work of God and the dwelling place of his diverse creatures. (p. 21) The evolutionary planets are the spheres of human origin…Urantia [Earth] is your starting point. … (p. 1225) In God, man lives, moves, and has his being. (p. 22)

The Purpose of Life, There is in the mind of God a plan which embraces every creature of all his vast domains, and this plan is an eternal purpose of boundless opportunity, unlimited progress, and endless life. (p. 365) This new gospel of the kingdom… presents a new and exalted goal of destiny, a supreme life purpose. (p. 1778)

Jesus, The religion of Jesus is the most dynamic influence ever to activate the human race. (p. 1091) What an awakening the world would experience if it could only see Jesus as he really lived on earth and know, firsthand, his life-giving teachings! (p. 2083)

Science, Science, guided by wisdom, may become man’s great social liberator. (p. 909) Mortal man is not an evolutionary accident. There is a precise system, a universal law, which determines the unfolding of the planetary life plan on the spheres of space. (p. 560)

Life after Death, God’s love is universal… He is “not willing that any should perish.” (p. 39) Your short sojourn on Urantia [Earth]…is only a single link, the very first in the long chain that is to stretch across universes and through the eternal ages. (p. 435) …Death is only the beginning of an endless career of adventure, an everlasting life of anticipation, an eternal voyage of discovery. (p. 159)

About the Author

The text of The Urantia Book was provided by one or more anonymous contributors working with a small staff which provided editorial and administrative support during the book's creation. The book bears no particular credentials (from a human viewpoint), relying instead on the power and beauty of the writing itself to persuade the reader of its authenticity.

Leather Bound: 2097 pages
Publisher: Urantia Foundation; Box Lea edition (August 25, 2015)

The Urantia Book Workbooks: Volume IV - Jesus The Urantia Book Workbooks: Volume IV - Jesus

The Urantia Book Workbooks: Volume IV - Jesus The Urantia Book Workbooks: Volume IV - Jesus

Originally published in the 1950s and 1960s, these study aids were authored by Dr. William S. Sadler and Alvin Kulieke to serve as texts to train teachers and students of the Fifth Epochal Revelation. The first of the 2003 re-printings of these texts, used by some of the founding members of the Urantia movement, will be available in May of 2003, with three more volumes to follow in early Fall. These new 6" x 9" paperback books, printed on top-quality paper, feature full-color covers and are thematically organized with discussions on Part I of The Urantia Book, comparisons between the New Testament and The Urantia Book, discussions of the science of The Urantia Book, and many other subjects. These volumes will certainly be a great help to students seeking a greater understanding of this profound gift to mankind.

Series: Urantia Book Workbooks
Paperback: 456 pages
Publisher: Urantia Foundation (May 1, 2003)

The Urantia Book Workbooks: Volume 5 - Theology The Urantia Book Workbooks: Volume 5 - Theology

The Urantia Book Workbooks: Volume 5 - Theology The Urantia Book Workbooks: Volume 5 - Theology

Originally published in the 1950s and 1960s, these study aids were authored by Dr. William S. Sadler to serve as texts to train teachers and students of the Fifth Epochal Revelation. These new 6" x 9" paperback books, printed on top-quality paper, feature full-color covers and are thematically organized. These volumes will certainly be a great help to students seeking a greater understanding of this profound gift to mankind.

Series: Urantia Book Workbooks
Paperback: 640 pages
Publisher: Urantia Foundation (May 1, 2003)

The Urantia Book Workbooks: Volume 6 - Bible Study The Urantia Book Workbooks: Volume 6 - Bible Study

The Urantia Book Workbooks: Volume 6 - Bible Study The Urantia Book Workbooks: Volume 6 - Bible Study

Originally published in the 1950s and 1960s, these study aids were authored by Dr. William S. Sadler to serve as texts to train teachers and students of the Fifth Epochal Revelation. These new 6" x 9" paperback books, printed on top-quality paper, feature full-color covers and are thematically organized. These volumes will certainly be a great help to students seeking a greater understanding of this profound gift to mankind.

Series: Urantia Book Workbooks
Paperback: 504 pages
Publisher: Urantia Foundation (May 1, 2003)


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Urantia Namesake

by Troy R. Bishop

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Urantia Namesake

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Most persons who read The URANTIA Book have probably wondered at some time or other about the meaning of the word URANTIA. The question of the meaning of Urantia can be addressed in terms of Earth languages, which came after it, or the celestial language of which it is a part. The latter, if feasible, seems the most meaningful approach. One starting point in this direction is to look for patterns in celestial place-naming conventions in The URANTIA Book. At various universe levels, it is generally--but perhaps not always--the lower that names the higher; the higher does not generally reveal itself by name to the lower. This pattern begins with Paradise Deity, the First Source and Center (22:4). The lower often derive their dwelling-place name from the name of the assistant ruler at some level above them. There may be many reasons for this; for example, it is the assistant, not the superior, who deals with the level below.

Such a convention could explain the name of our system, Satania (182:5-6). Previous to the rebellion, Lucifer ruled as the system sovereign (601:3-5), assisted by his lieutenant, Satan (602:4). Satan was the individual actually to contact with the individual worlds of the system (602:1; 604:3; 609:6; 611:3). To the system worlds, Satan was the immediate representative of system administration, until he and Lucifer were dethroned.

Place-naming for the second in command was also observed when the Planetary Prince, Caligastia, named the planetary headquarters city Dalamatia, in honor of his lieutenant, Daligastia (743:4). In a less pronounced but very important example, the sphere of the order of Melchizedeks is named Melchizedek, which is the name of the person who is a co-source of the order and, under Gabriel, Michael, and the Mother Spirit, their leader.

In an exciting and spectacular example of the celestial convention of place-naming for the second in command, our entire superuniverse, Orvonton, comprising one-seventh of the organized and inhabited creation of space and time, is named after the Infinite Spirit's seventh Paradise satellite (198:5), headquarters of Supreme Executive Number Seven--the assistant through whom Master Spirit Number Seven, ruler of Orvonton, administers his domain. As the sphere Melchizedek is named after the high being Melchizedek, the seventh executive world of the Infinite Spirit might be named after the high executive who administers the superuniverse from it. His name thus might be Orvonton; or it might be Orvon, the ton suffix constituting a place designation, as in Washington or Salvington. (Though these English suffixes might not be part of the higher languages of creation, they are used in the rendering of many higher words presented in The URANTIA Book.) One might tend to discount the terminal ton as just such a suffix, but such an ending appears in the name of at least one being at the Paradise level: Majeston, where it seems that the terminal syllable is actually part of the root name. It is true in this case, however, that the t in the ending is a part of the stem--not a suffix. In the case of the sphere Melchizedek, there is no suffix added to the name of the individual for whom the sphere is named. Being free to choose either Orvon or Orvonton as the name for the Seventh Supreme Executive, this discussion will choose Orvon, though the other choice would not change the essence of what follows.

Urantia and its historical derivatives are ancient and also ultimately foreign. In ancient Ur words--for example, Urartu and Urmia--Ur is pronounced oor. Similarly, the initial--and perhaps the terminal--a in Urantia would be pronounced with an ah sound, as in the final a in garage. Thus, before modernization and anglicanization--or rather Americanization, Urantia might properly be pronounced oor - ahn - tee - ah. If the initial o in Orvonton is pronounced with the same ancient and pre-English sound of oo, the comparative pronunciation of the two words is:

Oor - ahn - tia --- Urantia

Oor - vahn - ton --- Orvonton

One might suspect that the v in Orvonton has become silent over time to produce Urantia; but both Orvonton and Urantia are revealed celestial words, probably not subject--or as subject--in their celestial habitat to such evolution. The dropping of the v from Orvonton to Urantia might indicate a subtle difference in meaning: for example, a diminutive form. The suffixes in the two names can be considered to be equivalent, since they are place suffixes.

Oron as a celestially derived variant of Orvon is suggested in an intriguing and potentially spectacular example. On the eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea, where the sunken Hecataeus Ridge, suspected as being the Edenic Peninsula, joins the coast, a river flows inland in a direct line that would include the ridge, were it not abruptly detoured by a sudden upthrust of mountains parallel to the coast line. (Upthrust in connection with the sinking of Eden? See 826:6) This river, flowing where the great river of Eden might have flowed, is called the Orontes. Pronouncing the word aloud reveals its kinship to Urantia.

The possible metamorphosis of Oor - vahn to Oor - ahn can reveal great meaning in the name Urantia and in time-honored derivatives of Ur or Oor, as in Urartu, the civilization arising at Lake Van after the arrival there of the loyal staff of the rebellious Planetary Prince. This possiblilty of Urantia--least of Satania--as a namesake of the administrator of the entire superuniverse of Orvonton may be a linguistic instance, in a celestial setting, of the least truly being greatest.


© 1983 Troy R. Bishop. "Urantia Namesake" may be freely duplicated electronically and transmitted across networks and the Internet if the copyright notice and this permission notice appear on all copies.


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Disclaimer

Disclaimer:
Some material presented will contain links, quotes, ideologies, etc., the contents of which should be understood to first, in their whole, reflect the views or opinions of their editors, and second, are used in my personal research as "fair use" sources only, and not espousement one way or the other. Researching for 'truth' leads one all over the place...a piece here, a piece there. As a researcher, I hunt, gather and disassemble resources, trying to put all the pieces into a coherent and logical whole. I encourage you to do the same. And please remember, these pages are only my effort to collect all the pieces I can find and see if they properly fit into the 'reality aggregate'.

Personal Position

Personal Position:
I've come to realize that 'truth' boils down to what we 'believe' the facts we've gathered point to. We only 'know' what we've 'experienced' firsthand. Everything else - what we read, what we watch, what we hear - is what someone else's gathered facts point to and 'they' 'believe' is 'truth', so that 'truth' seems to change in direct proportion to newly gathered facts divided by applied plausibility. Though I believe there is 'truth', until someone celestial who 'knows' all the facts parts the heavens and throws us a scroll titled "Here Are ALL The Facts And Lies In The Order They Happened," I can't know for sure exactly what "the whole truth' on any given subject is, and what applies to me applies to everyone.
~Gail Bird Allen

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