Analyses of Content

HUMAN SOURCES OF TEXT

ANALYSES OF THE TEXT

TEXT CHANGES

COMPARATIVE STUDIES

 


Human Sources of Text   


 

Source Related Studies

Publications by Matthew Block dating from 1992-3 to the present day

These studies from Square Circles Publishing are a comprehensive analysis of the human sources of concepts found in the Urantia Papers.

The titles of the various publications include:

  • The World’s Religions (2003)
  • The Rodan Parallels (2003)
  • The Urantia Atmosphere
  • Mota the Coda / Part Two (2002)
  • Consider the Source (2002)
  • Instructions for Teachers and Believers (2000)
  • Morontia Mota, a New Perspective / Part One (2000)
  • Race in Context (1999)
  • Gardner, York and Block (1997)
  • Some Human Sources of The Urantia Book (1992-1993)

 


 

Selections from Writings thought to be Urantia Book "Sources"

Research into the human sources used by the revelators in the construction of the text of The Urantia Book is just beginning. The resources on this page are provided to encourage additional study and exploration and to provide a sense of the way in which human resources have been used in the construction of the text.

 


 

Source Authors of the Urantia Book
by J. T. Manning

A publication available from Amazon.com

J. T. Manning profiles twenty-four God-knowing men and women whose insights and inspirations were incorporated into the Urantia Papers. Each chapter contains a biographical sketch of the source author, an analysis of his work, a list of his books and selected published articles, a list of secondary works about the author and his work, and reviews about the particular book(s) sourced by The Urantia Book.

 


 ANALYSES OF THE TEXT


 

UBannotated

Use this study aid with your choice of online or hardcopy editions of The Urantia Book. The annotation pages are formatted to work well with computers, tablets, and cell phones. You may want to try using the annotations in a separate, narrower window placed beside (or behind) the window you use for reading The Urantia Book online. Run some experiments to see what works best for you.

 


 

Who Wrote the Urantia Papers?

 From Science, Anthropology and Archaeology in The Urantia Book by Ken Glasziou 

Methodology for Determining Authorship
Was Dr Sadler an author? 
Could a single human mind be the source of the Papers?

The author concludes that we do not have a sensible, rational proposal about human authorship of the Papers. But any conclusion claiming other-than-human authorship is unprovable. As the Papers themselves tell us—our personal decision must be an act of faith. Does the spiritual content of the Urantia Papers makes them self-authenticating?

 


 

The Urantia Book as a Test Case for Statistical Authorship Attribution in Genre-Distinctive Texts

Dr. Richard Bushman (Posted by Christopher Smith) 



 

Computer Analyses of Dates in The Urantia Book

by Matt Neibaur, M.D. 
Scientific Symposium I    1988

In part four of the book, The Life and Teachings of Jesus, there are numerous references to dates. Dates and weekdays are listed unequivocally. Is there any way to check on these dates? Was April 14, A.D. 2, really a Friday as stated? Using information obtained from the book,Astronomical Formulae for Calculators by Jean Meeus, a program was written to calculate dates and weekdays.

 


 

Forty Days and Forty Nights - apparent errors in the Papers.

 


 

Christ Names in the Urantia Papers

By Ernest Moyer

The Urantia Papers uses six words or phrases for the personality we knew as Jesus. These are: Jesus Christ, Christ Jesus, Christ, Christ Michael, Jesus, and Michael.
Careful study of these words and phrases demonstrates clearly that no human being could have created or edited the Urantia Papers.

 


 

Urantia Book Etymology and Human Languages:
Similation Over Inspiration
by Jon Greer. Courtesy of the Brotherhood of Man Library

Like its cosmology, The Urantia Book's etymology of proper names and terminologies is not inspired, and early accommodation of this truth may help forestall disillusionment from a linguistic inquiry of its pages.

 


 

Etymology of coined words in the Urantia Papers

  


 

When is Jesus’ Birthday?

Chris M Halvorson.

We are told the date of the birth but not the day of the week. This article explains the Julian and Gregorian Calendars, why it was not revealed, and what day it was. 

 


 

The meaning of the word ‘Urantia’

Troy Bishop considers the possibilities.

 


 TEXT CHANGES  


 

Standardized Reference Committee Text Alterations to First Printing

Since the first edition of The Urantia Book was published in 1955, there have been a number of changes made over the years. Each version has been revised, creating the need to review the changes made, including changes in the:

1. Text;
2. Formatting;
3. Table of contents; and
4. Referencing system

In the winter of 2007, a joint committee was formed by Urantia Foundation and Urantia Book Fellowship to undertake this review. Over 300 changes were reviewed by the committee.

See also What is the Standard Reference Text?

 


 

Computer Analysis of Printings of The Urantia Book
Publisher's Changes, 1955-1999.
Merritt Horn.

Introductory Notes

        I.     Summary of Conclusions for the Impatient Reader

      II.    Scope of Analysis

      III.   Editorial Philosophy

        IV.   Critical Apparatus

                A.        Classification of Editorial Intent for Changes in the Text

                B.        Classification of Errors

                C.        Abbreviations; editions of The Urantia Book

        V.    Changes in Urantia Foundation editions of The Urantia Book (1955-1999)

Changes in 0:0.0 through 42:5.1

Changes in 42:6.7 through 69:3.9                        

Changes in 71:7.2 through 110:5.2                        

Changes in 117:7.4 through 196:3.29


 

Text Changes in the Urantia Papers

Ernest P. Moyer.

In the author’s opinion, this analysis shows nothing in the changes which would indicate that the text was produced by human mortals. The small number of errors and the manner in which they were handled, shows an attempt to maintain integrity to an original document. The changes do not show arbitrary alterations guided by the wishes of some human author.  

 


 

A Catalog of Changes to the Original Text of The Urantia Book
Compiled from a variety of sources by David Kantor .

 


COMPARATIVE STUDIES


 

The Paramony

by Duane Faw.

Select a Urantia Paper and see related Bible references from The Paramony.

 There are two ways to use the Paramony:

Select a Urantia Paper and see related Bible references  - you specify the Paper from The Urantia Book for which you wish to see Bible cross-references. Sorted in ascending order by first edition page number as well as Paper: Section.Paragraph. You may choose to read any of the Papers from The Urantia Book or to see a list of cross-references for the paper you select.

Select a book of the Bible and see related Urantia Book references.

 


 

Jesus in the New Testament and The Urantia Book
A Comparative Study of The Life and Teachings of Jesus
Note: This study has been compiled from the notes of Dr. William S. Sadler in his comparison of the Gospels, Preston Thomas in his book, "The Life and Teachings of Jesus: A Restatement of the Gospels", and Dr. Duane Faw in "The Paramony".

 



Do the Urantia Papers contain 'one hundred times' more substance than Christian/Mormon scripture?

For example: The word “Jesus” is used:

943 times in the Bible

168 times in the Book of Mormon

108 times in the Doctrine and Covenants

15 times in the Pearl of Great Price

7,287 times in the Urantia Papers