Analyses of Content






Human Sources of Text   


Source Related Studies


This website has been created to share my parallel charts, which identify the sources for particular Urantia papers (or sections) and trace how they were used. These charts, and others to come, will be used in a series of works which analyze how the Urantia Book was written.

 Having read The Urantia Book’s two nebulous acknowledgments, which refer to the use of "more than one thousand human concepts . . . assembled from the God-knowing mortals of the past and the present" in the writing of Part I (0:12.12), and the use of the thoughts and expressions of "more than two thousand human beings who have lived on earth from the days of Jesus down to the time of the inditing of these revelations" in the writing of Part IV (121:8.13), I was prepared to find sources. But, taking the acknowledgments literally, I never expected any particular source to contain more than a parallel sentence or two.

At the time of this writing, I have identified about 125 books, which were used in the writing of some 150 Urantia papers. 

Matthew Block. 2016



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

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.





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.



A Simplification of The Foreword to The Urantia Book

This document is a transcription of a talk given by William S. Sadler, Jr. to young people, clarifying and simplifying the teachings of the Foreword of The Urantia Book.



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?


Who wrote The Urantia BookFron TruthBook



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.


Incocsistencies in The Urantia Book


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 Book



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.




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

        IV.   Critical Apparatus
                B.        Classification of Errors
        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 .




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.


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