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.
After I enroll, what happens next?
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.