A Theological Overview of The Urantia Book
Rev. Dr. Meredith J. Sprunger, UCC
1. RevelationEpochal revelation is periodic, successive, and evolutionary. Insofar as the indwelling Spirit reveals truth to individuals, revelation is continuous. Revelation always upsteps the religions of evolution.
2. The Urantia Book View of GodTraditional concepts and contemporary concepts—such as those in Process Theology—are expanded, enhanced and integrated.
3. CosmologyThe book presents an integrated physical and spiritual cosmology describing an extensive hierarchical system of spiritual administrative and ministering personalities.
4. Christology and the Plan of Salvation: Jesus is portrayed as truly human and truly divine. In addition to being the savior of humanity he is pictured as a Creator Son much after the view presented in the prologue of John, Col. 1:15-16, and Hebrews 1:2.
- A. The Divine Pre-bestowal status of Jesus
- B. The Bestowal of Christ Michael on our Planet as Jesus of Nazareth
- C. The Plan of Salvation All are saved who have faith in the highest source of truth, beauty, and goodness (God) available to them and achieve a personal relationship with the Universal Father through the mediating ministry of Jesus.
5. The Church and the Kingdom of HeavenReligious institutions have value but are only social institutions. The Kingdom of God is a spiritual relationship with God and other human beings which transcends social institutions.
6. Prayer and WorshipThe nature and effect of prayer and worship are dealt with in detail and guidelines for more effective prayer are provided. Worship is the highest privilege and the first duty of all created intelligences.