Paper 1: The Universal Father/ /Divine Counselor

Foreword          Paper 2

Matthew Block suggests that the following authors were influential in writing of this Paper and has prepared a parallel chart:

Orville J. Nave, A.M., D.D., LL.D., Nave’s Topical Bible: A Digest of the Holy Scriptures (New York: Topical Bible Publishing Company, from press of Eaton & Mains, 1896, 1897) Hathi Trust Digital Library copyWikipedia page: Nave.

Albert C. Knudson, The Doctrine of God (New York: Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, 1930) Hathi Trust Digital Library copyWikipedia page: Knudson.

W. R. Matthews, K.C.V.O., D.D., D.Lit., God in Christian Thought and Experience (London: Nisbet & Co. Ltd., 1930) Wikipedia page: Matthews.

J. R. Illingworth, M.A., Personality Human and Divine (London and New York: The Macmillan Company, 1894) Hathi Trust Digital Library copy.

For Biblical cross-references to all Sections: click here.


p3: Urantia etymology by Chris Halvorson: “specific: Urantia = (y)our heavenly place (i.e., in the cosmos)” “-tia = noun-forming suffix < -t- of L. past participle stem + -ia (cf., -tion and -ion)” “U.B.: “-tia” is indicative of impersonal, while “-ia” is more personal”

Section 1: The Father’s Name

See Halbert Katzen’s short essay In the Name of the Father, which develops a philosophical foundation for using the word Father for God that focuses in on the parental, personal, and freewill nature of our relationship to God.

p5Havona etymology by Chris Halvorson: “the “new heaven” (Rev:21.1).” “-a = L. noun suffix (first declension, nominative) = U.B., general noun suffix, used to indicate the additional specific meanings of the coined name”


Section 2: The Reality of God

p2“the noblest work of man”: The words “An honest God is the noblest work of man.” belong to an American lawyer Robert Green Ingersoll, nicknamed “The Great Agnostic” (1833–1899). Wikipedia page: Ingersoll.

p9Nebadon etymology by Chris Halvorson: “the first (a) nebular (neb-) upland (don) (The local universe level is the local upland relative to the lowlands where mortals begin their ascension careers in the Milky Way spiral nebula.).” “don < O.E., dun = n., down = upland”


Section 3: God is a Universal Spirit

p7: Morontia etymology: In general (m) material substance (mor) is like (on) this thing (-tia).
By Chris Halvorson: “that which is (-tia) akin to (on) matter (mor)”
Note also: mor–Danish origin 1930’s, refering to humus formed under acidic conditions.


Section 4: The Mystery of God

p6See Topical Study page: Abortion and resurrection for the unborn.

no respecter of persons See Topical Study page: No respecter of persons.


Section 5: Personality of the Universal Father

p1: 1955 version reads, “He who planned the ear, shall he not hear?” SRTC commentary, “This is a new item raised by a translator. No revision has been made here in any edition of the Urantia Book but the translator noted, correctly, that most English translations of the Bible read “planted” here (Psalms 94:9) and none read “planned.” Because “planted” seems quite stilted and obscure, “planned” would have been an easy typographical error to make. The committee determined, however, that “planned” does no injustice to the meaning of the passage in the Greek of the Septuagint and reads very well, so there is no reason to change the UB to match the common but obscure translation found in most English Bibles.”

p16“in Him we all live and move and have our being.”, cf. Acts 17:28: “For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.” Here, by “certain also of your own poets” Paul is probably referring to Aratus (315–240 B.C.) who wrote in Φαινόμενα 4–5: “Everywhere everyone is indebted to Zeus. For we are indeed his offspring.” —Tigran Aivazian annotation from the British Study Edition of The Urantia Book.


Section 6: Personality in the Universe


Section 7: Spiritual Value of the Personality Concept

p2water See Marjorie Ray’s presentation on water at the 2016 Scientific Symposium held at Urantia Foundation. Watch a video showing the peculiar relationship that your editor has to ice spikes or Halbertcicles, as I like to call them. Here’s one I call “The Spherical Cube”:

p9Uversa etymology by Chris Halvorson: “the hub of the superuniverse that is the seventh expression of triune pattern (“U” is the 21st letter of the alphabet, and 21 equals 7 times 3. Hence, the headquarters worlds of the other superuniverses are Cversa, Fversa, Iversa, Lversa, Oversa, and Rversa. The “U” notation is also used in “Umajor the fifth” and “Uminor the third”.)” “versa = L., focus, hub (see endnote entitled “Versa”)”
masculine: metrical sequence of words (He wrote a verse.); also, versus (plaintiff versus defendant); feminine: poetical character (She wrote in verse.); also, vice versa (vice = in the place of another + versa = focus, hub)
“Versa is the nondirectional aspect of “a turning”, that is, the hub; while versus is the directional aspect, the rotation.”


p9See Cross-reference page: I Know Whereof I Speak.

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