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Urantia Book

URANTIA BOOK by Urantia Foundation ($34.95, hardcover, 2,097 pages, Urantia Foundation, ISBN: 0911560025) PAPERCOVER, CD-ROM, AUDIO-EDITION, SPANISH EDITION, DUTCH VERSION, FINNISH HARDCOVER, FINNISH PAPERCOVER, FRENCH EDITION, Collector's Edition, Leather Bound

Related titles: URANTIA BOOK CONCORDANCE ($65.00, Hardcover, 1576 pages, Urantia Foundation; ISBN: 0911560009); CONCORDEX OF THE URANTIA BOOK by Clyde Bedell ($16.95, hardcover, 511 pages, 3rd edition, Jesusonian Foundation; ISBN: 0916014754) Bedell's is thematic as the Concordance is exhaustive.

The URANTIA BOOK, first published by the Urantia Foundation in 1955, was authored by celestial beings as a special revelation to our planet, Urantia. It is one of the better examples of channeled literature.

In the early 20th century, a physician practicing in Chicago became the head of a group known as the Contact Commission. This small group was the focal point for the production of, and the primary custodian for, the final text of The URANTIA BOOK. They were sworn not to disclose details about the transactions in order to preclude future generations from venerating the participants. It was considered important that no individual might be exalted through their association with the URANTIA BOOK. Because of its revelatory nature, the book stands on its own merit, nature and content.

The book's message is that all human beings are one family, the sons and daughters of one God, the Universal Father. It instructs on the genesis, history, and destiny of mankind and on our relationship with God. It also presents a unique and compelling portrayal of the life and teachings of Jesus, opening new vistas of time and eternity, and revealing new concepts of humanity's ever-ascending adventure of finding the Universal Father in our friendly and carefully administered universe.

The URANTIA BOOK view of science, philosophy, and religion is perhaps the clearest and most concise integration of these subjects available to contemporary man. There is little question among the over 400,000 people who have purchased, read, and who study the Book: The URANTIA BOOK has the capacity to make a significant contribution to the religious and philosophical thinking of all peoples; it truly has the potential to shape world destiny.

Over and over, people from around the world have discovered that the Book has profoundly impressed and changed their lives - inspired and stimulated them to reach new levels of spiritual growth and enhanced living.

While almost every generation produces a number of people who pose as the bearers of a 'new revelation,' it is surprising that The URANTIA BOOK does not advocate a new organized religion. Its viewpoint builds upon the religious heritages of the past and present, encouraging a personal, living religion based on faith and service to one's fellows.

Beside the Urantia Foundation which publishes the full text and sponsors translations, there is also The Urantia Book Fellowship that provides various study guides. Both groups offer on-line chat groups and other ways to study and research the book. There is a Spanish Language group:EL LIBRO DE URANTIA, Grupo Agape, Santiago, Chile that offers chat and message board.

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