Introduction to The Urantia Book Course:  Class #1001

General Overview of The Urantia Book

About the Class


This class introduces the major themes and concepts of The Urantia Book to the inquisitive new or veteran reader. We will first undertake to survey the Book as a whole then explore highlights of its four parts. In the last two weeks we will explore and discuss various hypotheses about the possible reasons for the appearance and timing of this epochal revelation. 

An Overview of The Urantia Book and The Revelators’ Approach

The first part of the class is an attempt to survey The Urantia Book in its entirety, all the while knowing this can only be one viewpoint of what the Book is and, at that, from a 30,000-foot view. 

We will offer a synopsis of its four parts while giving the student some sense of how the Book has been thoughtfully prepared for us from the standpoints of reception, digestion, and inspiration. 

How have these truths been made un-coercively available, unobtrusively thought-provoking, and personally approachable for each student by the revelators?

Why This Epochal Revelation Now?

This topical approach to the entire revelation will endeavor to explore what the multifaceted aims of the revelators might be, from a variety of standpoints, in revealing the truths and facts they have given us.  

Many opinions exist as to why we might have received an epochal revelation now, so soon after the life of Jesus of Nazareth, but these viewpoints are seldom compared and contrasted with one another.  

Were there technological requirements?  Have we outgrown the immediate after-effects of the little of Jesus’ revelation that is transmitted in Christianity? Are we in a philosophical crisis or any other kind of “emergency” or crisis? 

Is it time to prepare for the sixth epochal revelation on the heels of this fifth revelation?  Has our planetary prince made a supreme decision to allow each of his fellow Urantians to have the opportunity to grow individually and collectively as he did so inspirationally?  

We’ll strive to scratch the surface of all these points of view and, perhaps, discover more.


FAQ 

After I enroll, what happens next?

  1. Upon enrolling in the class you will receive a confirmation email
  2. Around one week before the class starts, you will receive a reminder email about the start of class.  
  3. A third email with login information for the class will be sent to enrolled students the night before the start date of the class. This email will contain the student's user name and password and the link to Urantia University's Wikispaces classroom.

    Can I audit this class?

    Yes, you have a choice to register either as an Auditor or a full-time Participant in this class. 

    Auditors are those who choose to study on their own and not participate in the assignments or class discussions.

    Participants are expected to make an effort to complete the weekly reading and discussion questions, work on the experiential philosophy project, and engage in the written discussion online webinars when possible. 

    Will I get a grade for this class? 

    At this time, no grades are given for completing UUI classes. This class has been designed chiefly for personal enrichment.




         

    Course Format 

    Time frame:  4 weeks

    Effort:  Minimum of 2-3 hours/week; more depending on how actively the student participates in all the discussions

    Level:  Beginner to Intermediate

    Class Format:

    • Instructional videos 
    • Assigned and suggested readings
    • Peer-to-peer learning exercises
    • Discussion forums in the online classroom
    • 3 webinars (interactive online discussions among the students and UUI instructor
    Language:  English

    Recommended Background

    This course is intended for less experienced readers of The Urantia Book. However, students of all levels may benefit from it. 


    Instructor:  Andre Radatus

    Canadian born, André Radatus immigrated to the United States in 1980 to teach at the Denver Academy, a leader in educating learning-difference youngsters, founded and fostered by three students of The Urantia Book. He has been an independent tutor in math, science, and reading for over 25 years. He has served in the commercial finance sector for fifteen years and currently works as an analyst in the organic dairy industry. He spent a year and a half immersed in the French language and Quebec culture studying Le Livre d'Urantia with francophone readers there.

    André has three adult children, son Michael and daughters Vanessa and Yvana; the youngest and eldest in Colorado with the elder daughter in California.

    His ever-close reference and companion, The Urantia Book’s truths have spoken compellingly to André since March of 1976, enriching the experience of living; making the Book “the ever-illuminating 'Handbook Earth'” for him. He has attended study groups regularly and continuously since 1978 and understands the essential benefits of learning the truths of the revelation in fellowship with others, some of the limitations inherent in study groups but more of their positives.

    André’s vision is that every UrantiaUniversity graduate will be a catalyst for the growth of God’s relationship with each person and a leader in bringing love and progressive civilization to all persons. He regards his mission to be to help ardent students of The Urantia Book to thoroughly integrate, express, and live its manifold truths for the uplift of all humankind and to help humankind to be won over to Michael's message: "The Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man."




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