4. Is Urantia a new religion?
ANSWER #1: The word “Urantia” refers to our
planet, Earth. Some long-time readers of the book have made it their
religion, and some churches use the book in its ministry, but there
is no formal religion that calls itself Urantia. The book itself
maintains that true religion is one’s personal relationship with God
and discourages creating another “ism.” People from many religions
embrace the teachings in the book and still remain in good standing
in their denomination, often supporting their traditional faiths
through insights gleaned from the Urantia Book.
ANSWER #2: The Urantia Book is not a
religion. As a group, the readership is not an organized
religion, but the concepts, cosmology and philosophy from
the Urantia Book have helped me tremendously in developing
my relationship with God and the universe. My relationship
to God is the crux of my religion.
ANSWER #3: The book reflects a
broader spiritual perspective and understanding that
embraces all religions. In fact, the Urantia Book redefines
religion as one’s personal relationship with God and the way
one lives his or her life.
ANSWER #4: No, Urantia is the name of
our planet. The Urantia Book, however, contains the
teachings, tenets, doctrines, ideologies, and gospel of a
new religion embracing aspects of the others. One of the
original intents for the establishment of Urantia Foundation
was for the “fostering of a religion.” Article II from the
Declaration of Trust says: 2.1. PRINCIPAL OBJECT: The object
for which this Foundation is created is ... the fostering of
a religion, .... So it has been understood since early on
that the book contains the precepts for a new religion, one
that doesn’t require its believers to formulate new sects,
churches, or temples.
ANSWER #5: No. We believe in God and
follow Jesus, but have not yet evolved a formal religious
practice. We sing a lot—songs like Amazing Grace. We
sometimes pray in groups, spontaneously or with a leader. We
often have a moment of silence before a talk or
presentation. Some of us choose not to participate in these
group activities, and prefer to worship only in private.
ANSWER #6: No. There are people from
existing faith traditions as well as non-affiliated
believers who read the Urantia Book. The community of
readers is actually an interfaith association which is
worldwide. There are simply study groups and societies which
are regional organizations of study groups.
ANSWER #7: No, it is not a formalized
religion. It is a broadly-based body of information in the
areas of spirituality, science, history of civilization,
cosmology and anthropology. It is filled with both factual
information and spiritual truths. It seeks to give a deeper
understanding of existing spiritual teachings while
delivering new, revelational information. There is no
official interpretation or set of doctrines to be adhered
to. Instead, every individual is encouraged to absorb the
book’s teachings with the freedom to manifest them as their
own, individual spirit within leads them. There is a global
community of readers with diverse viewpoints and a common
appreciation for the transformational quality of the
ANSWER #8: The Urantia Book does not
call forth an organized nor institutionalized religious
response. It is filled with the presence of God and Spirit.
We learn anew in the UB that religion is about our personal
experience with God and the loving relationship between
persons. It supplies us with the knowledge and inspiration
to lead Spirit-filled lives of love and service. The Urantia
Book inspires religious living but is not a religion.
ANSWER #9: The Urantia Book defines
true religion as “a matter of personal spiritual experience”
and “a faith-trust in the goodness of God.” It also states
that true religion “is to know God as your Father and man as
your brother.” No organized religion based on the Urantia
Book exists at this time and many who believe in the book
feel it would be both unnecessary and undesirable. Organized
religions or cults tend to adhere to a standardized set of
beliefs leaving no room for personal exploration or
interpretation. The Urantia Book actually encourages the
individual’s freedom to do both.
The Urantia teachings uplift and illuminate the truths in
all religions, but it is not a separate and competing