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The Reality of Religious Experience

Philosophy of Religion  •  Religion and the Individual  •  Religion and the Human Race  •  Spiritual Communion  •  The Origin of Ideals  •  Philosophic Co-ordination  •  Science and Religion  •  Philosophy and Religion  •  The Essence of Religion

ALL of man’s truly religious reactions are sponsored by the early ministry of the adjutant of worship and are censored by the adjutant of wisdom. Man’s first supermind endowment is that of personality encircuitment in the Holy Spirit of the Universe Creative Spirit; and long before either the bestowals of the divine Sons or the universal bestowal of the Adjusters, this influence functions to enlarge man’s viewpoint of ethics, religion, and spirituality. Subsequent to the bestowals of the Paradise Sons the liberated Spirit of Truth makes mighty contributions to the enlargement of the human capacity to perceive religious truths. As evolution advances on an inhabited world, the Thought Adjusters increasingly participate in the development of the higher types of human religious insight. The Thought Adjuster is the cosmic window through which the finite creature may faith-glimpse the certainties and divinities of limitless Deity, the Universal Father.


The religious tendencies of the human races are innate; they are universally manifested and have an apparently natural origin; primitive religions are always evolutionary in their genesis. As natural religious experience continues to progress, periodic revelations of truth punctuate the otherwise slow-moving course of planetary evolution.


On Urantia, today, there are four kinds of religion:


1. Natural or evolutionary religion.


2. Supernatural or revelatory religion.


3. Practical or current religion, varying degrees of the admixture of natural and supernatural religions.


4. Philosophic religions, man-made or philosophically thought-out theologic doctrines and reason-created religions.

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