This is a response to your recently published "A Paper on the Printing
of Part IV."
In this paper you set forth what you believe to be the purposes of
the revelators--"to expand cosmic consciousness and enhance spiritual perception." You then attempt to provide a set of arguments whose
purpose appears to be that of convincing us that the separate publication of
Part IV somehow mitigates against the achievement of these objectives.
In the first argument offered, you state you believe we are wrong when
we choose to do "something the revelators chose not to do: fragmenting it
into smaller parts to enable apparently easier digestion by our fellows."
The fallacy here is the implication that, if the revelators did not do a particular thing, it was because they specifically chose not to.
There is no evidence that such an exclusionary choice was made by the
revelators. For your reasoning to be consistent you would also have to agree that
the fact the revelators chose not to publish the book in electronic form mandates that neither should we. With its pointers to the rest of the
text of "The Urantia Book," "Jesus: A New Revelation" does not "fragment"
the text any more than do the isolated quotes which Urantia Foundation
displays on the home page of its website.
Your second set of arguments do not take us beyond rhetoric; they
provide no basis from which useful conclusions might be derived. For example,
you fail to show how the separate publication of Part IV does such things
as "deprive our children of the opportunity to grow both the qualitative
and quantitative sides of their souls." At 110:6.18 the revelators
equate "quantitative" soul growth with the comprehension of supreme
They equate "qualitative" soul growth with the faith-grasp of sonship
with God. I would contend that, in "The Urantia Book," these aspects
of personal growth are most clearly delineated in Part IV. It is in Part
IV that the revelators are able to most clearly describe the functional development of these soul dynamics in those sections where they relate
how these processes evolved within the inner life of the growing Jesus.
I once met a woman who had gotten a small scroll containing "The Inevitabilities" from a bard at a Renaissance Faire. She took this
small scroll home and put it up on her wall. She said it nourished her
spiritual growth for three years, after which time she returned to the
Renaissance Faire, looked this fellow up, and discovered The Urantia Book when
she inquired as to the source of "The Inevitabilites." Would you argue
that providing this woman with a tiny fragment of the text had deprived her
of "the opportunity to grow both the qualitative and quantitative sides"
Although you clearly set forth the purpose of the revelators as the endeavor "to expand cosmic consciousness and enhance spiritual
perception," by the time you reach item number three in your presentation you have shifted the meaning of this phrase to designate methodology rather
than purpose. You do not provide any basis for your strongly
expressed assertion that the revelators wanted believers to follow a particular method of revelation propagation. In fact, if we look more closely at
this matter we might come to the opposite conclusion; the revelators deplore
the fact that the missionaries of Melchizedek took his instructions so literally; Jesus turned the work of the kingdom on Urantia over to
resident mortals, and our own apocrypha indicates that one of the parting
comments made by the revelators to the contact commissioners was, "You are on
your own." I see absolutely no basis for claiming the existence of a
mandated methodology for spreading the revelation.
But your least defendable arguments appear in the second paragraph of
your section 3. You argue that, "Part IV does not provide a conceptual
basis for comprehension of the Supreme and our duty to the Supreme." This
is simply not true. Jesus' teaching about the kingdom *is* the
foundation for our understanding of Supremacy. In fact, an argument could be made
that Jesus' concept of the kingdom is the essence of the fourth epochal revelation and that The Urantia Book's philosophic expansion of
Jesus' message in the discussion of Supremacy is the essence of the fifth
You argue that "Part IV does not provide insight into personality
reality, qualitative and quantitative soul growth, self-conscious, moral decision-making, cosmic consciousnes." I have personally found the
life and teachings of Jesus to be the most comprehensive revelation of the nature of these realities that I have ever encountered.
I believe that a study of the methods used by Jesus should serve us well
in formulating approaches to the propagation of the revelation. We find
Jesus teaching Ganid "in language best suited to the Lad's comprehension."
Jesus taught his apostles to "select a story best suited to the illustration
of the one central and vital truth which he wished to teach..." The
parable of the sower is said to be "a hint as to what the apostles and other messengers of the kingdom might expect in their ministry from generation
to generation as time passed." There is nothing in a study of Jesus'
methods which would lead me to conclude that if I am unable to give someone a complete dissertation on the final nature of the cosmos, I should
refrain from discussing the nature of the Father's love with them. And yet
a logical extension of the arguments you present in your paper would lead
to such a conclusion.
The unfaithful steward in the parable of the talents, who saves and protects the money which has been given to him by his master so that it
can be returned in exactly the same state as that in which it was entrusted,
is rebuked; his talent is taken away and given to those who were creative
in finding ways of more profitably investing their master's
In my view, the essence of the revelation has to do with the
relationship between man and God. This is the "first principle" from which
everything else flows. It is this "first principle" which currently needs to
be established on our planet in order that our unseen friends and the
spirits of our creators might more effectively work. It is this "first
principle" which was undermined by the assertions of Lucifer, and its
re-establishment appears to me to be the primary focus of the last three epochal
I would argue that The Urantia Book is so fully focused on this
objective that the revelators have articulated it from three different
perspectives. There is the life of Jesus--how he lived it, what he taught about the kingdom. There is the development of the concept of the Supreme and
our relationship to this Deity. There is also the description of a
Trinitarian universe architecture. Each of these three approaches points to the
nature of cosmic relationship--the meaning and value of personality integration
in the cosmos--from a different perspective. These three
correspond in turn to religious, philosophical and scientific modes
of understanding and hence appear designed to appeal to different types
The fact that the crowning achievement of personal growth
would involve an integration of all three does not negate the utility of a
small portion of the revelation when it comes to the task of attracting a
mind, helping it orient itself, and then leading it onto a pathway of
growth which will someday result in the achievement of this desired
integration. Hence my belief that we most effectively serve the purposes of the revelators when we creatively devise ways of presenting truth to our fellows in a manner which facilitates this process. For me, this is
summed up in 141:6.4 where Jesus tells the apostles, "You cannot teach the
deep things of the spirit to those who have been born only of the flesh;
first see that men are born of the spirit before you seek to instruct them in
the advanced ways of the spirit. Do not undertake to show men the
beauties of the temple until you have first taken them into the temple. Introduce
men to God and as the sons of God before you discourse on the doctrines of
the father hood of God and the sonship of men....It is not your kingdom;
you are only ambassadors. Simply go forth proclaiming: This is the
kingdom of heaven--God is your Father and you are his sons, and this good news, if
you wholeheartedly believe it, is your eternal salvation."
I believe that "Jesus: A New Revelation" is a vital new tool for
teachers, those new leaders, those "spiritual men and women who will
to depend solely on Jesus and his incomparable teachings;" those
new teachers of Jesus' religion "who will be exclusively devoted to the
spiritual regeneration of men," and whose work will result in the appearance of "those spirit-born souls who will quickly supply the leadership and inspiration requisite for the social, moral, economic,
and political reorganization of the world." Given the developmental
disparity on our world outlined in Paper 52, I believe that future kingdom
workers will creatively develop a kalideoscopic array of approaches to
presenting the truths of epochal revelation to the widely varied minds who inhabit
the broad range of cultural expressions characteristic of our world.
In short, Dave, while I appreciate your expressed opinions about the publication of Part IV, I fail to see how your arguments and
conclusions have been rationally derived from a thoughtful study of The Urantia Book.
I think there are far more compelling reasons for believing that the publication of "Jesus: A New Revelation" may be an important forward
step in helping the revelators achieve their objective of expanding cosmic consciousness and enhancing spiritual perception.