17 December 2005

The Urantia Truthbook - another revelation

I stumbled across this one while trying to find the correct spelling of "Seyfert galaxy".

The Urantia Book is quite a work... It claims to contain revelations about the creation of the universe, the origins of life, and an appropriate way to lead one's life.

900,000,000,000 years ago, the Uversa archives testify, there was recorded a permit issued by the Uversa Council of Equilibrium to the superuniverse government authorizing the dispatch of a force organizer and staff to the region previously designated by inspector number 811,307. The Orvonton authorities commissioned the original discoverer of this potential universe to execute the mandate of the Ancients of Days calling for the organization of a new material creation.

(Urantia Book)

So the universe was created in a maelstrom of paperwork 900 million years ago. Man, this really is the modern religion they claim it is.

The Urantia Book was written in 1934-1935 and published in 1955.

(Urantia Book)

In fact, it's so modern it even contains explanations for Hubble Space Telescope images!

The Stars of Space
You are familiar with suns that emit light accompanied by heat; but there are also suns which shine without heat.

(Urantia Book)

They even understand the concept of the local universe.

The local universes are all approximately of the same energy potential, though they differ greatly in physical dimensions and may vary in visible-matter content from time to time. The power charge and potential-matter endowment of a local universe are determined by the manipulations of the power directors and their predecessors as well as by the Creator Son's activities and by the endowment of the inherent physical control possessed by his creative associate.

(Urantia Book)

I could go on... And in fact, I will, at least with what science knows about some of these.

  1. According to radiocarbon dating, the Earth is roughly 4.5 billion years old, not 0.9 billion. According to MANY different measurement methods, the universe is roughly 13.7 billion years old.

  2. Stars emit light and heat due to the nuclear fusion of hydrogen into helium in their cores. Stars do NOT burn like wood, they burn like H-bombs. Work on this started circa 1929, the first fusion reactions were in 1932, the first H-bomb in 1952.[1] I'm not sure when we first learned that fusion powers stars.

  3. We can theoretically see up to 13.7 billion light years away. If the universe were any bigger than that, the light wouldn't've had time to get to us yet. That 13.7 Gly radius sphere is called the visible universe, or sometimes the known, or observable universe. "Local universe" is an ambiguous term that can also describe that sphere, or the space containing the Local Group of galaxies. We don't know what happens at the "edges" of what we can see. Sci-fi authors like to speculate the the universe loops around to the other side at the edges. Cosmologists hypothesize the the universe is infinite in size, so it just keeps going at the edges. Either way, if you were standing on a planet near the edge of our universe, to you it'd look like you were standing in the middle and we were at the edge. There's no actual physical boundary.

Okay, that's enough nit-picking for me. Have fun with it yourself - it's like MST3K online - and feel free to post your results! :)


Tom said...

No results, but did want to say hi!

zandperl said...

Glad you stopped by! I left comments at your blog. :)

BTW, how do you get it to link straight to your homepage on this comment page, rather than to a blogger ID page?

Rob said...

It scares me that you read THAT much of it. :P


stargazer said...

Wow, I rarely see anyone reference 'The Urantia Book'. My mom discovered it many years ago, and talked about it constantly.

I read some of it, but never really got into it.

Wally Banners said...

Hi loved the part in book that said "Nuke Iran its in the univeres folds.