Paper 101: The Real Nature Of Religion/ /Melchizedek

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

John Baillie, The Interpretation of Religion: An Introductory Study of Theological Principles (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1928) Wikipedia page.

Henry Nelson Wieman and Regina Westcott-Wieman, Normative Psychology of Religion (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1935) Wikipedia page: Henry.

“Empiricism,” by Arthur Kenyon Rogers, in Contemporary American Philosophy: Personal Statements, Vol. II, edited by George P. Adams and Wm. Pepperell Montague (New York: Russell & Russell, 1930)

“Brief History of My Opinions,” by George Santayana, in Contemporary American Philosophy: Personal Statements, Vol. II, edited by George P. Adams and Wm. Pepperell Montague (New York: Russell & Russell, 1930) Wikipedia page.

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

Introduction

Section 1: True Religion

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p3thoughts vs. feelings Compare with: (98:2.8) In Greece, believing was subordinated to thinking; in Palestine, thinking was held subject to believing. Much of the strength of Christianity is due to its having borrowed heavily from both Hebrew morality and Greek thought.

p4psychology appears in eleven paragraphs: (5:5.6), (99:4.8), (101:1.4), (101:2.17), (102: 2.3), (102:4.6), (102:6.8), (103:2.5), (103:6.1), (103:8.3), (196:3.23).

p5: cosmology appears in fourteen paragraphs: (12:9.3), (55:5.6), (56:10.2,3,8), (94:11.12), (94:12.1), (98:7.6), (99:4.13), (101:1.5), (101:4.1,2,5), (111:4.4).

Section 2: The Fact of Religion

p2: Revelation compensates . . .: This passage is used in “Logical Consistency vs Personal Creativity,” a special presentation by Chris Halvorson, which was prepared on this subject at the request of conference organizer, Halbert Katzen, for the UBtheNEWS 2010 Education for Outreach conference.

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.

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p17psychology appears in eleven paragraphs: (5:5.6), (99:4.8), (101:1.4), (101:2.17), (102: 2.3), (102:4.6), (102:6.8), (103:2.5), (103:6.1), (103:8.3), (196:3.23).

Section 3: The Characteristics of Religion

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p1cosmologies is used three times: (101:3.1), (101:4.1), (102:1.3). The three contexts relate to limitations and errors in cosmologies.

Section 4: The Limitations of Revelation

Halbert Katzen’s UBtheNEWS project, focused largely on the publication of reports about discoveries and scientific advances that provide new support for The Urantia Book‘s version of planetary history, is predicated on the authors’ assertion, “We full well know that, while the historic facts and religious truths of this series of revelatory presentations will stand on the records of the ages to come, within a few short years many of our statements regarding the physical sciences will stand in need of revision in consequence of additional scientific developments and new discoveries.” [emphasis added] See UBtheNEWS.com.

An “Evolutionary Revelation” conference was hosted by Byron Belitsos in June 2014. This presentation by Halbert Katzen addresses issues related to the Urantia revelation’s progressive acceptance as this relates to how new discoveries and scientific advances increasingly support history in The Urantia Book.

Phil Calabrese’s paper “The Coming Scientific Validation of The Urantia Book is also based on the above assertion. His equations, derived from approximating the likelihood of being right on multiple occasions when most people were wrong, indicate an extremely low probability that human beings wrote The Urantia Book.

p2The introduction to William C. Daywitt’s paper “Similarities Between the Dirac-Inspired Planck Vacuum Theory and the Urantia-Book Papers’ Concept of the Vacuum State” reads: “The Planck vacuum (PV) theory defines the vacuum state as a degenerate, negative-energy collection of Planck particles that interacts with free-space particles to generate the various equations of modern fundamental physics. And although the theory is not yet in the theoretical mainstream, the present author believes it to be the model that best represents the current approximation to the physical scheme of things. The success of the theory is due in part to its replacing three important secondary constants (G, ̄h, α) with two more-fundamental constants (e∗, m∗) in the various equations. In contrast to the PV model, the Urantia-Book (UB) Papers define a set of two fundamental energy states which will be referred to here as the UB vacuum (UBV). Similarities between these two descriptions of the vacuum state, the PV and the UBV, will be explored below.”

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The Gift of Revelation (92:4)

p1cosmologies is used three times: (101:3.1), (101:4.1), (102:1.3). The three contexts relate to limitations and errors in cosmologies.

p2Revelators is used at 23:2.9,24 in describing revelators of truth, a role performed by Mighty Messengers, in addition to this context, where direct knowledge of the revelators in preparing these Papers is contrasted with inspired revelations (presumably John’s, at least). Book of Revelations only appears at 139:4.14. John the Revelator is used twice: 45:4.1 and 47:10.2. The other two instances of revelator are found at 112:5.11, in connection to those involved with the preparation of this epochal revelation, and at 119:8.7, regarding Michael’s role as a revelator of the Supreme.

p1,2,5: cosmology appears in fourteen paragraphs: (12:9.3), (55:5.6), (56:10.2,3,8), (94:11.12), (94:12.1), (98:7.6), (99:4.13), (101:1.5), (101:4.1,2,5), (111:4.4).

Section 5: Religion Expanded by Revelation

p13Mota etymology by Chris Halvorson: “[inherent] motion (Mota–the transcendent harmonization of science, philosophy, and religion–is innately dynamic, moving.)”

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Section 6: Progressive Religious Experience

p5Urantia 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”

Nebadon 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”

p12Havona 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”

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Section 7: A Personal Philosophy of Religion

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Section 8: Faith and Belief

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Section 9: Religion and Morality

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Section 10: Religion as Man’s Liberator

p10Melchizedek etymology by Chris Halvorson: “Heb., the king (malki) of righteousness (tsedheq) = U.B., the primary righteous expression (of a local universe descending Son)”

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