Date: 16 Apr 94 12:45:00 To: All Subject: Urantia Book Date: Sat, 16 Apr 94 12:45:00 +0600
Date: 16 Apr 94 12:45:00
From: Jim Mcnelly
Subject: Urantia Book
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jim Mcnelly)
Date: Sat, 16 Apr 94 12:45:00 +0600
Subject: Urantia Book
A comment was made in an earlier thread on the subject of the
Urantia Book associating the work with the Seventh Day Adventists.
While the link shows a moderate amount of research, it has no formal tie
to the Adventist Church, and the key person involved with the original
contacts, Dr William Sadler of Chicago was sent packing by the
Adventists around 1910 for reportedly heretical health ideas.
Sadler's wife, Lena Kellogg was the daughter of William Kellogg of the
Cereal company of Battle Creek. Mr. Kellogg was an Adventist, but even
he was chastised for being so "commercial" and public.
Sadler and Lena were long removed from any Adventist connection by the
time the Urantia Book phenomenon began, reportedly around 1922. In my
investigation of the origins, the mysterious "contact person" was
brought to Dr. Sadler's psychiatric office by his wife around this time
to help cure his "talking in his sleep". Dr. Sadler reportedly took
this person's ramblings from "extraterrestrials" as a typical delusion.
Dr. Sadler was a member of a group in Chicago which called itself the
"Forum", consisting of less than 100 members who met to discuss
paranormal and metaphysical phenomenon. They were notorious "fraud
busters" who delighted in exposing phony mystics and trance mediums.
Harry Houdini had made a mild splash in the early 20's as a part of this
After years of unsuccessful therapy with the gentleman with the sleep
disorder, Sadler decided to take him to the Forum for their opinion.
What resulted was about fourteen years of questions and answers,
three nights per week, from members of the Forum with the alleged
"personalities" from other worlds. In 1929, Sadler wrote "The Mind at
Mischief", one of forty titles he penned over his illustrious career,
which detailed scientific explanations for mental disorders, mediumship,
and other so called psychic phenomenon, portraying them all as delusions
of one sort or another.
But in the appendix, which makes for an interesting addition to anyone's
library if you find the book in a used book store, Sadler wrote, "In the
interests of scientific accuracy... it becomes necessary to explain that
there is one exception to the general statement that all cases of
psychic phenomenon which have come under my observation have turned out
to be those of auto-psychism. ....has to do with a rather peculiar case
which I find myself unable to classify."
"A thorough study of this case has convinced me that it is not one of
ordinary trance. While the sleep seems to be quite of a natural order,
it is very profound, and so far we have never been able to awaken the
subject when in this state... The man is utterly unconscious, wholly
oblivious to what takes place, and, unless told about it subsequently,
never knows that he has been used as a sort of clearinghouse for the
coming and going of alleged extra-planetary personalities. In fact, he
is more or less indifferent to the whole proceeding, and shows a
surprising lack of interest in these affairs as they occur from time to
"The communications which have been written or we have heard spoken, are
made by a vast order of alleged beings who claim to come from other
planets to visit this world, to stop here as student visitors for study
and observation when they are en route from one universe to another or
from one planet to another... Much of the material secured through this
subject is quite contrary to his habits of thought, to the way he has
been taught, and to his entire philosophy. In fact, of much that we
have secured, we have failed to find anything of its nature in
existence. Its philosophic content is quite new, and we are unable to
find where very much of it has ever found human expression."
"I can only say that I have found in these years of observation that all
the information imparted through this source has proved to be consistent
within itself.... It is essentially Christian and is, on the whole,
entirely harmonious with the known scientific facts and truths of this
age. In fact, the case is so unusual and extraordinary that it
establishes itself immediately, as far as my experience goes, in a class
By 1935, the question and answer sessions with the alleged extra
terrestrials culminated in the inditing of 196 "papers" which now
comprise the chapters of "The Urantia Book". Imagine, if you will, what
questions you and over one hundred fellow skeptics would ask of beings
claiming to represent the Universe Government. If they asked it, so
it has been reported, the answers are contained in the Urantia Book.
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