Three Side-by-Side Organizations and Summaries
of the Urantia Papers

by Bill Sadler, David Kantor, et al

This column is by David Kantor: "A Student's Guide to Basic Subdivisions of The Urantia Papers for Study Purposes"

The Urantia Papers

This column is a talk by Bill Sadler: "A Brief Summary of The Urantia Papers," (9/10/55)
Part I: The Central and Superuniverses

Part I The Universe of Universes

Part I: The Central and Superuniverses

How the cosmos is structured and managed: An organized personal universe, evolving in time-space relative to the perfection of the Paradise center of all things is described. This creation includes millions of inhabited worlds in various stages of biological, intellectual, social and spiritual evolution. The nature of God and his relationship to the evolving creation is explored in great detail.

"This book breaks down into some very interesting sub-sections." Part I is the most clearly organized of the parts; three groupings in the story itself: Deity, Universes, and Personalities. (You will find among Paradise origin personalities three levels of God the Sevenfold included in personalities, but this is Absolute deity. We will come to that distinction when we discuss God the Sevenfold.)

Part I falls into four very clear-cut categories:

A. The Foreword is in a class all by itself. But it is a part of Part I - it is not outside of Part I.
B. Deity is the beginning of the story of God, and this B group of papers and the Foreword are related to the A group of papers in Part II, which is the second story of deity, and is further related to the last paper in Part II, (56) which is the third story of deity, and in turn they are related to the third group of papers in Part III. (104-119) There are four Stories of deity: First, the story that begins in the Foreword, then one in Part I, two in Part II, and one in Part III. In Part I, deity breaks down into 9 papers dealing with personal deity, (1-9) and one with total deity, the Trinity. (10)
Papers 1-5: The Nature of God. Understanding God and His Activities in the Universe (Foreword plus Papers 1-15)
Papers 6,7: The Eternal Son.
Papers 10, 104: The Trinity.
Papers 11-15: Geography of the Cosmos. C. Universes. There are four papers that deal with cosmography -- with things, with the geography of the cosmos. In a sense, Paradise is a part of this story, but Paradise is the source, and then, moving outward from Paradise, they discuss its derivations. (11-15)
Papers 16-31: Revelation of the Cosmological Structure of the Personal Universe. Exploring the Personal Universe (Papers 16-31) D. Personalities. The rest of Part I, 16 papers, (16-31) is people. There are three groups discussed:
Those of origin on Paradise, (16-22)
The Family of the infinite Spirit, (23-28)
And a couple of general papers. (29-31)

Part 2: the Local Universe

Part II The Local Universe

The evolutionary plan for fostering the evolving social structures of the universes is detailed. Personality survival is determined by our free will decisions related to our personal relationship with God and the values with which we choose to organize and conduct our personal lives. Growth toward perfection should be our fundamental orientation to life. This growth is evolutionary, cumulative, and virtually endless. It is achieved through the love of God and unselfish service to our fellow beings.

Part II, The Local Universe, is the shortest of the parts. Its organization is not quite as clear-cut as Part I, but it begins with a discussion of deity, and goes on into a discussion of personalities.
Local Universe Level:
Papers 32, 41,42: Physical Cosmology of Local Universes.
About our local universe (Papers 32-42) "The Local Universe" is a continuation of the story of the universe begun in Part I.
Papers 33-35: Local Universe Administration.
Papers 36-39: Service Mechanisms of the Local Universe.
Paper 40: Ascending Personalities. Discussion of personalities. Here is the second discussion of Sons of God and also of Ministering Spirits, which was buried in the classification in Part I.
Constellation Level:
Papers 43-44: Administration and Culture of the Constellations.
About the constellation in which our world exists (Papers 43-44)
Local System Level:
Papers 45-46: Administration and Culture of Local Systems.
The local system of evolutionary worlds (Papers 45-48)
Papers 47-48, 55: Cultural Life Immediately Following our Life on Urantia.
Level of Inhabited Worlds:
Papers 49-52: Administration and Culture of Inhabited Worlds.
Inhabited worlds of mortal life (Papers 49-55)
Papers 53-54: The Lucifer Rebellion
Paper 56: An Exploration of Philosophic Conclusions Implicit in Parts I and II of the Urantia Papers. Note: Paper 56 is a special paper. Papers 1-55 build a conceptual foundation upon which the philosophic postulates of paper 56 may be rationally asserted. Paper 56 also summarizes the cosmology presented in the preceding papers. Paper 56 and the Foreword may be profitably studied together.
Paper 56: Cosmological implications of Papers 1-55 (Paper 56) Paper 56: Then we have a lonesome paper at the end - Universal Unity - the third discussion of deity.

Part III: The History of Urantia

Part III The History of Urantia

A geophysical history of our planet, Urantia, sets the stage for an overview of the development of civilization, culture, government, religion, the family, and other social institutions is described from the viewpoint of superhuman observers. The meanings and values contained within human religious civilization are revitalized, strengthening the foundations upon which further cultural development may take place. A description of human destiny is provided including a description of the worlds we will inhabit immediately following mortal death.

Part III, The History of Urantia. This is the second longest part of the book and breaks down into three rather clear-cut groupings:


Papers 57-61: Geological and Biological Evolution on our Planet, Urantia. Geophysical and biological evolution of our world (Papers 57-68) A. Historical papers. Twenty eight papers which tell the story of this planet from four different aspects. (57-84)
Papers 62-64: Early Human Evolution.
Paper 65: The Intelligent Management of the Evolutionary Process.
Papers 66,67: Initial Superhuman Efforts to Foster Civilization on our Planet.
Papers 68-71: Human Socio-Political Evolution. A history of superhuman efforts to foster a progressive civilization on our world (Papers 66-77)
Paper 72: Government on a Neighboring Planet Implicit Critique of Contemporary Human Socio-Political Systems.
Papers 73-76: Second Superhuman Effort to Stimulate Civilization on our Planet the Mythology of the "Garden of Eden."
Paper 77: The Midwayers A superhuman Order of Beings resident on Earth.
Papers 78-81: Human Racial Anthropology and the Development of Contemporary Civilization. The evolution of human culture and institutions (Papers 78-92)
Papers 82-84: Family Life and the Evolution of the Marriage Institution.
Papers 85-92: Evolution of Human Religion. B. Religion. Nineteen papers which tell how it came to be, what Melchizedek taught, and what we have now. (85-103)
Papers 93-95: The Visit of Melchizedek. Recent epochal revelations and the development of present-day systems of religious belief (Papers 93-103)
Papers 96-98: Development of Hebrew and Greek Thought Prior to the Times of Jesus.
Papers 99-103: Philosophic Critique of Human Religious Experience.
Papers 104-106: Some Theologic Assertions from which an Advanced Religious Cosmology might be Developed. Conceptual foundations for further spiritual exploration and discovery (Papers 104-118) C. Deity. There are sixteen papers that are not altogether homogeneous, but they embrace the story of

the Triunities,
of Thought Adjusters,
Seraphic Guardians,
the Supreme Being,
and the Bestowal paper.

They all pertain to deity as such, or to the ministry of deity. (104-119)
Papers 107-112: Some Ontological Assertions Within Which Deeply Enriched Spiritual Life Might be Discovered.
Papers 113,114: Seraphic Assistance to Human Progress.
Papers 115-118: The Supreme Being Some Assertions Upon Which Advances in Process Theology Might be Based.
Paper 119: Universe Antecedents to Jesus' Visit to our World. Cosmic antecedents to the life of Jesus (Paper 119)

Part IV: The Life and Teachings of Jesus

Part IV: The Life and Teachings of Jesus

Seven hundred pages devoted to the life of Jesus make up the most spiritually compelling biography of Jesus anywhere in print. (The Urantia papers relate over 16 times as much information about Jesus' life and teachings than does the Bible). The literary depth of the Urantia papers clearly reveals and touchingly portrays Jesus' combined humanity and divinity.


Part IV, The Life and Teachings of Jesus. This is the longest part, and it seems to break down into four very clear-cut groupings of papers:

Papers 120-121: Introductory background to the life of Jesus. The mortal career of Jesus of Nazareth (Papers 120-134) A. The fifteen papers dealing with his mortal career. (120-134)
Papers 122-129: The Life of Jesus: Birth Through Age 29
Papers 130-134: Early Travels and Teachings.
Paper 135: John the Baptist. The public work of Jesus, Son of Man (Papers 135-158) B. His public work as the Son of Man, the twenty two papers dealing with the period extending from the baptism to the Mount of Transfiguration. (135-156)
Paper 136: Personal Preparation for Public Ministry.
Papers 137-140: Building the Core Group of Apostles.
Papers 141-147: Beginning the Public Work
Papers 148-151: Training Evangelists and Continuing Ministry.
Papers 152-156: Growing Opposition of Religious Leaders
Papers 157-158: Mount of Transfiguration C. His public work after he openly proclaimed himself as the Son of God, the thirty one papers dealing with the period from the Transfiguration to the Crucifixion. (157-187)
Papers 159-170: Concluding the Public Ministry The public work and personal experience of Jesus, Son of God (Papers 159-188)
Papers 171-182: Events Leading up to Jesus' Arrest
Papers 183-188: Arrest, Trial and Crucifixion of Jesus
Papers 189-193: Resurrection and Appearances to Believers The post-resurrection activities of Jesus (Papers 189-195) D. The post-mortal career, the nine papers starting with the resurrection and continuing to the end of the book. (188-196)
Papers 194-195: Bestowal of the Spirit of Truth  
Paper 196: Midwayer Reflections on the Life of Jesus Philosophic reflections on the life of Jesus (Paper 196)