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CHASE KYLA HUNTER has been WARNING US! And SHE, according to her Twitter Profile, is a "Spirit Led Cherokee writer, news blogger. Genetic Clairvoyant. Jesus lover Bible Urantia. Nature mama. True blue conservative. Sun surf wine women & song :-)" YOU probably don't even know what "Urantia" MEANS! NEITHER DID I! Until I LOOKED! I LOOKED and I SAW!!! [Sarcasm much?] • Fri 2011 Jun 10, 9:08amA Chinese migrant seeking refugee status in Canada on the grounds that he faced persecution back home for his Christian beliefs was repeatedly asked by the Immigration and Refugee Board last year to describe what Jesus was "like as a person."
3 circles • Mon 2011 May 30, 2:04pm

Standardized Reference Committee Text Alterations to First Printing Function of the Standardized Reference Committee: Excerpt from the Standardized Reference Text Committee Draft Report, December 2008 Since the first edition of The Urantia Book was published in 1955, there have been a number of changes made over the years. • Tue 2011 May 24, 10:32am

last year the rabbi of the synagogue, David Twersky, announced no one should pray outside the main synagogue. That day, Rottenberg's car windows were broken, then his house windows, then 100 people chanted outside his home "Aron Rottenberg, leave the neighborhood," then the attempted firebombing. Police acknowledged that these incidents occurred but have made no arrests in any of them • Mon 2011 May 23, 10:03am

John, the Revelator, certainly didn't diminish our 'fear of God.' His revelations, along with others revered as 'holy men of God' has fueled the fires of fear and suspicion. According to the Urantia Papers, those events are grossly distorted and are exaggerated narratives—advocating there just is no such a 'wrathful and angry God' who, out of anger, destroys his children, but a kind and loving Father who never-endingly seeks to bring peace and harmony among his children • Wed 2011 May 18, 9:16pm

The post, written by Assistant Surgeon General Ali Khan, instructs readers how to prepare for "flesh-eating zombies" • Tue 2011 May 17, 6:54am

British scientist Stephen Hawking has branded heaven a "fairy story" for people afraid of the dark [Scientist flounders in theological ignorance, people for some reason pay attention to the odd little man far out of his league] • Sun 2011 May 15, 10:53pm

Martin Gardner's recent book, Urantia: The Great Cult Mystery, is designed to undermine the credibility of The Urantia Book. To accomplish this purpose Gardner deals almost entirely with the human concept carriers of the spiritual truths, not the spiritual truths themselves. In actuality, history may show that it helped to focus attention on the real spiritual quality of the Fifth Epochal Revelation (which he totally ignores) that will ensure its recognition and appreciation for centuries to come. Although Gardner's book abounds with misinformation, erroneous assumptions, and fantastic speculations, it may be fortuitous that it appeared early in the Urantia movement. • Sun 2011 May 15, 10:53pm

The guy who displayed the placard insisted that he didn’t write the message, but was "just helping out" and is actually a member of the JDL. (JDL stands for Jewish Defense League) The text says: "St. Marks Church taken over by Neo Nazis (Drug Trafficking Frank Morales, Urantia Cultist Les Jamieson, Eminem wannabee Luke Rudkowski) and their sympathizers (Tom Foti etc…) Time for a boycott! Death to Nazism! Long live Globalism…" [Honestly, I have no idea nor much interest what this is all about, but pass it along.] • Sun 2011 May 15, 10:52pm

An In-Depth Timeline Showing the Possible Use by the Intelligence Community of "Synthetic Telepathy" in the Urantia Movement, Teaching Mission (TeaM), A Course in Miracles (ACIM), Findhorn, and Other Religious/Cultic Organizations. [Sort-of intriguing]

3 circles • Sun 2011 May 15, 10:50pm

What happens when religious community degenerates into dangerous cult? • Sun 2011 May 15, 10:50pm

…a bold young man with long auburn curls and intense brown eyes. He had lived as a fruitarian in the jungles in Ecuador with a spiritual teacher named Johnny Lovewisdom. He knew about living on the land, gardening and smuggling various herbs. Every time we would pass the cannabis filled "peace pipe," he would bring out this big blue book and start telling me about The Urantia Book. I knew Jesus was groovy, but didn’t want to feel limited by any one teacher. • Sun 2011 May 15, 10:50pm

Three Histories of the Urantia Book by Matthew Rapaport

3 circles • Sat 2011 May 7, 11:09am

The quasi-Christian mix of science and religion in "The Urantia Book" — the text Stockhausen bought from the wizardly figure — became the spiritual basis for a huge operatic cycle, "Licht" ("Light"). Written from 1977 to 2003, "Licht" exceeds even Wagner's "Ring" cycle in its epic proportions, comprising seven full operas, one for each day of the week, and clocking in at 29 hours total. Stockhausen died in 2007, without having seen "Licht" staged in its entirety. But his work has found new life at the Cologne Opera, which in recent weeks presented the culmination of the cycle, "Sonntag" ("Sunday"). To house the production the company built two theaters within the cavernous Staatenhaus am Rheinpark, part of the city's exhibition center. • Sun 2011 May 1, 7:41am

Did his persona rub off on you professionally, in any way? Every single one of my judgments has been guided and inspired by a divine hand (weeps). I believe in two entities, Krishna and Sathya Sai. I am not a devotee but a lover of Krishna. People may call me mad, and yes, this is madness. The madness of love. At the age of 11, I would run outside the house and weep for Krishna. As a professional, each time I would sit down to write a judgment at 5 'o'clock in the morning, I was only writing what my god dictated. Bhagwan held my hand as I put pen to paper. Everything that I have achieved in respect of the law, and people say I have achieved a lot, is owing to the guidance and inspiration of Sathya Sai Baba. There is no doubt on that score. • Mon 2011 Apr 25, 11:25am

British media on Monday described Sathya Sai Baba, who passed away in Andhra Pradesh's Puttaparthi on Sunday, as one of the most enigmatic and remarkable religious figures of the last century. "Sathya Sai Baba, who died on Sunday, probably aged 84, was India's most famous, and most controv ersial, Swami or holy man, and one of the most enigmatic and remarkable religious figures of the last century," the Daily Telegraph reported. "To his followers, Sai Baba was a living god; a claim he did nothing to disavow. He would frequently liken himself to such figures as Christ, Krishna, and the Buddha, claiming that he was the avatara of the age - an avatar being a living incarnation of the divine," the report said. To his detractors he was a charlatan, albeit one of considerable ingenuity and enormous personal charisma and power," it said. Describing Sai Baba as one of India's most popular and controversial spiritual leaders, The Times said: "Sai Baba claimed to teach messages of truth, peace, love and non-violence and maintained that he did not require followers to give up their previous religious beliefs." "His popularity was huge across India, where his following included Bollywood stars, the cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, prime ministers, judges and civil servants. • Mon 2011 Apr 25, 11:24am

Thousands of Sri Satya Sai Baba's followers flocked to Puttaparthi where public mourning will continue until Tuesday Continue reading the main story Related Stories Obituary: Indian guru Sai Baba In pictures: Guru Satya Sai Baba Tens of thousands of mourners have been visiting the south Indian ashram where the body of revered guru Sri Satya Sai Baba is on display. The body of Sai Baba, who died in hospital of multiple organ failure at 84, is being kept in a transparent box at the temple complex in Puttaparthi. • Mon 2011 Apr 25, 11:23am

Hundreds of Sathya Sai Baba devotees gathered at Sai Sankalp Hall at Omkar Nagar on Sunday to condole the death of their spiritual leader. A few others even left for Puttaparthi to have his last darshan. Baba, who died at the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences at Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh this morning, will be cremated on Tuesday. Devotees here held special bhajans and prayers, and a 'Narayan Seva' by distributing fruits and food packets to the poor in morning. "Bhajans and Narayan Seva will be conducted over the next few days too," said BS Choudhari, president of the local Sathya Sai Seva Sanghatan. One of the devotees, Abhay Bhakre said that he had huge belief in Baba. "It is as if a member of our family has passed away,'' he said. Another devotee said that he was confident that Baba would take rebirth and return to serve the society, and take care of his followers. • Mon 2011 Apr 25, 10:46am

Controversial Quran-burning Pastor Terry Jones left Dearborn Saturday after unsuccessfully staging a protest outside of the Islamic American Center, but not before vowing to return the following week for another protest. Jones and his associate Wayne Sapp left for Florida, but say they'll hold a protest at 5:00p.m. next Friday. This time, however, it will not be at the Islamic center, it will be at the courthouse. Jones says his constitutional rights were denied when he was arrested and unable to protest on Friday. • Thu 2011 Apr 7, 11:47am

Former President Jimmy Carter says much of the discrimination and abuse suffered by women around the world is attributable to a belief "that women are inferior in the eyes of God." Carter said such teachings by "leaders in Christianity, Islam and other religions" allow men to beat their wives and deny women their fundamental rights as human beings. [All those times the Presbyterians stoned rape victims to death. Religionists! They're all the same, aren't they, Reverend Jimmy?] • Tue 2011 Apr 5, 9:15pmOne of India's best-known spiritual leaders, famous for his apparent miracles and long list of influential followers, is on life support in a southern hospital, officials said on Tuesday. Satya Sai Baba, 85, who has devotees in more than 100 countries, was admitted to a hospital funded by his organisation in the town of Puttaparthi with lung and chest congestion on March 28. His condition has since deteriorated and he is now on a ventilator and is receiving kidney dialysis, the most recent health bulletin from the hospital said on Tuesday. He remains "critical," although his "level of consciousness has considerably improved" and his vital systems are "stable", said the update from the Sri Satya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences. [his "level of consciousness has considerably improved" … always a great thing to say about a guru.] • Wed 2011 Mar 23, 11:02amDecades of census data, alongside a mathematical model, suggest religion in nine secular countries is being driven to extinction…. The team took census data stretching back as far as a century from countries in which the census queried religious affiliation: Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland. Nonlinear dynamics is invoked to explain a wide range of physical phenomena in which a number of factors play a part…. • Fri 2011 Mar 18, 11:46am

This past weekend the world darkened with the loss of one of its brightest lights: Martin Gardner, polymath extraordinaire, founding father of the modern skeptical movement, and a friend. R.I.P. Martin. We will miss you terribly. How does one capture in a few paragraphs the life of one of the most [...] • Fri 2011 Mar 18, 11:16am

For 25 years, he wrote Scientific American 's Mathematical Games column, educating and entertaining minds and launching the careers of generations of mathematicians • Fri 2011 Mar 18, 11:15am

Martin Gardner, who celebrated his 95th birthday last October has passed away yesterday. Matt Blum wrote about his Birthday and new book in his post • Wed 2011 Mar 16, 11:10amPious legend credits St. Patrick with banishing snakes from the island,[53] however all evidence suggests that post-glacial Ireland never had snakes.[54] However, one suggestion is that snakes referred to the serpent symbolism of the Druids[55] during that time and place, as exampled on coins minted in Gaul (see Carnutes). Legend also credits St. Patrick with teaching the Irish about the concept of the Holy Trinity by showing people the shamrock, a three-leaved clover, using it to highlight the Christian belief of 'three divine persons in the one God.'[56] • Mon 2011 Mar 7, 2:07pmThe Münchhausen Trilemma (after Baron Münchhausen, who allegedly pulled himself (and the horse he was sitting on) out of a swamp by his own hair), also called Agrippa's Trilemma (after Agrippa the Skeptic), is a philosophical term coined to stress the purported impossibility to prove any truth even in the fields of logic and mathematics. It is the name of an argument in the theory of knowledge going back to the German philosopher Hans Albert, and more traditionally, in the name of Agrippa.
Turtle • Mon 2011 Mar 7, 2:07pm"Turtles all the way down" is a jocular expression of the infinite regress problem in cosmology posed by the Unmoved mover paradox. The phrase was popularized by Stephen Hawking in 1988. The "turtle" metaphor in the anecdote represents a popular notion of a "primitive cosmological myth", viz. the flat earth supported on the back of a World Turtle. A comparable metaphor describing the circular cause and consequence for the same problem is the "chicken and egg problem". Another metaphor addressing the problem of infinite regression, albeit not in a cosmological context, is Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? The same problem in epistemology is known as the Münchhausen Trilemma. • Sat 2011 Mar 5, 9:52am

Internationally acclaimed Himalayan poet and writer Yuyutsu RD Sharma will offer a reading of some of his work from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at The Center for Inner Peace, 740 W. 15th St. ... Yuyutsu's reading has been arranged by members of Urantia Book Study Groups of Pueblo.

Michael Stone, Humanist Examiner (really) • Tue 2011 Feb 8, 9:52am…allegations came to light Monday that the Church of Scientology is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for violating human trafficking laws. In particular, the allegations are that Sea Org practices may have violated human trafficking laws. Sea Org is a kind of fraternal religious order for the most devoted members of the Church of Scientology… claims that the church pays Sea Org workers as little as $50 per week, uses physical force to keep church members from escaping Scientology compounds, as well as other complaints of mistreatment of church members who try to quit, and allegations that dozens of apostates were confined in "reeducation camps" doing manual labor — sometimes for years….