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1. What is the Urantia Book?
2. Is the Urantia Book a New Age book? go
3. Who wrote the Urantia Book?
4. Is Urantia a new religion?
5. Is Urantia a cult?
6. Where should I start reading?
7. Who reads the Urantia Book?
8. How many people read the Urantia Book?
9. How many languages has the book been translated into?
10. Do readers have rituals, dogmas or religious practices?
11. What makes the Urantia Book different from other revelations?
12. Is the Urantia Book an "inspired" work?
13. Isn't the Bible enough? Why do we need the Urantia Book?
14. How does the Urantia Book compare to the Bible?
15. Is the Urantia Book a rewriting of the Bible?
16. The Bible states there can be no other revelation, so how can the Urantia Book be valid?
17. Is the Urantia Book similar to A Course in Miracles?
18. Do I have to give up my church if I embrace the Urantia teachings?
19. Does this book claim to contain all truth for all time?
20. How do I know the book is true?
21. How can I meet other readers?
22. How do Urantia Book readers get together?

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - with multiple answers from readers around the world

2. Is the Urantia Book a New Age book?

ANSWER #1: The Urantia Book could be regarded as the greatest New Age book of them all—an authoritative bridge from the Old Age into the New Age. It has been called “the handbook for the New Age.”

ANSWER #2: Depending upon your definition of “New Age,” the answer could be yes or no. Mainstream religionists tend to group New Age religion under an umbrella covering a myriad of groups and scores of authors basically teaching the following:
        1. All is one: all reality is a unitary whole responsive to various forms of magic;
        2. Everything is God and God is everything;
        3. You are God. You are divine;
        4. You will never die; You have lived before and you will live again (reincarnation);
        5. You can create your own reality or transform your own consciousness;
        6. All religions are true and, therefore, one.
In a literal sense such New Age teachings are not supported by the Urantia Book; so the answer is no, it is not a New Age book. However, many Urantia Book students have discovered the book because of their New Age quests. It could be called the ultimate New Age book because it dispels superstition, clarifies fuzzy, hazy thinking and nebulous concepts, and provides intelligent, logical and meaningful answers to the kinds of questions New Agers, among others, ask.

ANSWER #3: The teachings of The Urantia Book are certainly new in many respects, and in a sense its presence here bears witness to a new age on earth. However, the book is also a reiteration of a message that is anything but new to mankind. The proclamation that every human being is a member of the family of God and that each person can come to realize this fact by faith and through grace is surely not “New Age.” The book exquisitely weaves the past with the present and the future to give us a wholistic vision of our existence. The Urantia Book is truly unprecedented, and is nearly impossible to label.

ANSWER #4: The last few decades have seen an emergence of various forms of teachings and groups coming from channelers, mystics, avatars, and the like. Many of these contain an esoteric approach to spirituality and some groups become cultlike with rituals, practices and doctrines to be adhered to. If we consider these as a definition of “New Age,” the Urantia Book does not fall into this category. The Urantia Book stresses that we do not have to be mystics with esoteric knowledge in order to live a spiritually meaningful life. It teaches that God is no respecter of persons and that average persons can attain high levels of spiritual understanding and live their lives accordingly. It refers to the times we live in and are about to enter into as the “New Age,” but this is in the context specific to the book’s teachings on modern times. Through a thoughtful reading of its contents, applying our best judgment and listening to our indwelling spirit, we can arrive at our own conclusions.

ANSWER #5: It entirely depends on what one means by “New Age.” This book does indeed offer information that can help people move toward a new age in religious thinking and social peace. The Urantia Book redefines “religious” as the experiencing of divinity in the consciousness, and as one’s personal spiritual experience. Thus experience and values, not belief, is the essence of religion. It would indeed usher in a new age in religion if beliefs ceased to be a barrier between groups of religionists. . . . One of the fruits of religion is the ability to recognize religious living in others, and this could open up a new age in the socialization of religion, one that allows interchange and respect between religionists whose beliefs differ. It is such teachings that constitute the Urantia Book the most important new age book around. . . .