The Urantia Book
Frequently Asked Questions
Todd Moody and others of Urantia-L,
1. What is it? -- It is a 2,097 page volume comprising 196 distinct
papers that describe God, the created universe, the various orders of
personalities that inhabit and administer it, the history of our own
world (called "Urantia") and the problems that beset it, and the life,
teachings, and mission of Jesus of Nazareth. The Urantia Book was
published in 1955 by the Urantia Foundation (address given below). Much
of it was written by 1935.
2. Who wrote it? -- The authors of the individual papers are
identified as various orders of celestial beings. The papers came to be
written down by means of a process that has not been clearly described.
The human being responsible for facilitating this process was Dr.
William S. Sadler (1875-1969), a practicing psychiatrist, lecturer in
comparative religion, and author of numerous books. The self-identified
authors of the Urantia Book describe themselves as being subject to a
mandate requiring them to make use of extant human sources whenever
possible, resorting to "pure revelation" only when these sources were
clearly inadequate. Consequently, the Urantia Book's authors indirectly
include those humans whose ideas were adapted for inclusion in the
3. Revelation? -- The Urantia Book describes itself as the Fifth
Epochal Revelation. To understand what this means you must first
understand the distinction that it makes between "autorevelation" and
"epochal revelation." According to the Urantia Book each of us is
indwelt by a fragment of the living God, called a "Thought Adjuster."
The Adjuster attempts to steer us toward spiritual truth and, to the
extent that it is successful, we have autorevelation. Sometimes,
however, truth is revealed by the agency of other beings. Rarely, it
is revealed on a grand scale; such revelations are called "epochal" and
the Urantia Book if the fifth such. The preceding four are also
described in it.
4. What does this have to do with Jesus? -- The Urantia Book describes
the matchless personality of the man, Jesus, and explains his divine
status. It offers a detailed chronicle of his mortal life and a fuller
representation of his teaching than has previously been available. In
doing so, it expands and corrects humanity's present conception of Jesus
and his work.
5. Do people believe it? -- Many who read the UB find that it
resonates with their own sense of truth, and clarifies some truths that
they had previously only partially grasped. Many have attempted to put
some of these truths to work in their lives, and the results have
strengthened their belief in what they have read.
6. Is this book a religion? -- Yes and no. For thousands of believing
readers, the Urantia Book is the source of their religious convictions
and the inspiration for their religious growth. It is not, however,
about getting readers to join a church. Believers in the Urantia Book
include persons of many different religious traditions--including, but
not limited to, Judaeo-Christian--as well as people unidentified with
any religious tradition or group.
7. Where can I get one? -- Try the libraries and bookstores in your
area. If a bookstore does not stock it, you might ask them to order it
from the Urantia Foundation, 533 Diversey Parkway, Chicago, IL 60614
(312-525-3319). Many bookstores will gladly handle special orders. You
may also order your copy directly from the Urantia Foundation or from
the Jesusonian Foundation, P.O. Box 18764, Boulder, CO 80308 P.O. Box
18764, Boulder, CO 80308 (303-581-0456). French, Spanish, and Finnish
translations are currently available.
8. How can I contact readers of the Urantia Book? -- There are many
study groups. Some of them are affiliated with the Urantia Foundation
by means of an organization called the International Urantia
Association (IUA); others are independent. Information about study
groups can be obtained from the Urantia Foundation and from the Fifth
Epochal Fellowship, 529 Wrightwood Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614
(312-327-0424). An Internet listserv mailing list called "urantial"
exists at uafsysb.uark.edu. Send a e-mail message to email@example.com
with nothing in the subject line, and in the text body write:
subscribe urantial <firstname> <lastname>
This document may be freely used, copied, and distributed.
The Electronic version of the Urantia Book is available at the following sites
(This subdirectory is browseable with Netscape)
This file contains information and instructions for the following files:
- a gif file showing the concentric circles flying over
Jerusalem on August 21, 1994
- a self extracting zip file containing the dos folios view of
the Urantia Book. Be sure to put your settings to BINARY before
you attempt the download. The zip file is about 3 megs and is
self extracting. It will take about 20 minutes to download with a
14.4 baud modem. Just put it into its own subdirectory on your
system and type: "ubzip.exe" and it will uncompress all the files
it needs. The uncompressed files take up about 5 megs on your
- Summary judgement declaring copyright renewal invalid.
The book and additional files are also located
Greetings Logondonter's...a quick note here about some files located on
my machine and available via FTP... the location is not 'webbed' yet
but it should be some day soon. Files and materials related to the
Urantia Papers are contained at the site within several subdirectories.
I hope the layout is logical and intuitive...some files are large.
Login: anonymous password: guest
(works great from AOL's FTP....btw)
Site address: mmillion.uark.edu 18.104.22.168
Suggestions are appreciated; uploads can be placed in 'incoming'...
Look around ... the Urantial logfiles are complete through 1-31-95;
enjoy.... bro mm
The Urantia Book
: Urantia Book FAQ · Urantia Book Folio · Other Web-Sites · Urantia Foreword · Urantia Book PART I: The Central and Super Universes · Urantia Book PART II: The Local Universe · Urantia Book PART III: The History of Urantia · Urantia Book PART IV: The Life and Teachings of Jesus