The unauthorized, untold story of what may have
been the most important happening of the twentieth
WE HAVE BEEN TOLD by the mainstream media that if
science were to discover that intelligent life exists
somewhere else in the universe, it would radically change
our way of thinking, from top to bottom. Imagine, then,
if it were proven that, circa 1906 to 1955, invisible
super-intelligent beings collaborated with a small group
of humans for the purpose of bringing a revelation of
epochal significance to our planet! However, the miraculous
materialization of the Urantia Papers can never be proven.
And perhaps the superhuman revelators who were involved
wanted it just that way. They knew that one of the least
desirable reasons to believe anything is because of
some supposed supernormal origin. The Urantia Papers
were always intended to stand upon their own merits.
Their origin was to remain a spiritual mystery, and
belief in their authenticity a matter of faith. Somehow,
due to indiscretions by a few members of the human contact
commission, it didn't work out that way...
Those of us who measure our readership in decades
rather than in years recall a time when it was virtually
forbidden to discuss the origin of The Urantia Book.
All we knew were conflicting rumors, fragmented stories
and mysterious "mandates" about what took place from
early in the twentieth century until late in 1955. We
wanted to know the truth about what really happened
during the fifty-year period of the Revelation. We all
hoped that one day an old-timer would write a history
of the Papers that was carefully researched and documented.
Time passed, and then one day a group of us realized
that while we waited we had become old-timers ourselves.
If an objective, reliable history was to be written,
we would have to be the ones to write it.
None of us had any idea of what we would uncover
in our search for truth. We were often made uncomfortable
and even shocked by what we discovered. But at each
juncture we all agreed to follow the truth wherever
it led. In the words of the Master: "There
cannot be peace between light and darkness, between
life and death, between truth and error."
It took us over two years to complete our history. When
we were done, I wrote this passage in the Preface:
"Histories are inescapably adversarial and painful
processes. The Urantians who undertook this task
of developing a good, sound history are aware that
the final product is a compelling argument that
could help shape the destiny of the Urantia Papers.
The stakes are high, because what is ultimately
at issue are the various philosophies and agendas
of those organizations and individuals who seek
to control the Urantia Revelation. It will come
as no surprise then, that the interpretations of
the events relating to the Urantia Papers are destined
to be fiercely contested. Sometimes the facts about
the Urantia Papers are at issue, but more often
the meaning of the facts will be the center of historical
We have presented and carefully documented our findings.
Readers can decide for themselves how effectively we
presented the myriad of issues surrounding the insertion
of the Revelation into the evolutionary mainstream.
The original printing of 5,000 copies of A History
of the Urantia Papers sold out rather quickly.
Many Urantians were disappointed. In the meantime, some
young Urantians have expressed interest in the origin
and history of the Revelation. Fortunately, advanced
publishing technology now makes it possible to produce
an enlarged edition of the original history in a quality
paperback version at a reasonable price. Our new edition
is now available on
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