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Urantia: The Great Cult Mystery

3.31  ·  Rating Details ·  29 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Gardner's skill &insight reveal how modern cults arise & the extent to which believers develop a mind-set that becomes impossible to alter regardless of how strong the evidence is against those beliefs. In addition to discussing the beliefs of the Urantia cult, he reveals major developments that threaten to split the movement & addresses the extent to which ...more
Hardcover, 445 pages
Published April 1st 1995 by Prometheus Books (Amherst, NY) (first published 1995)
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Elizabeth Engstrom
Mar 11, 2009 Elizabeth Engstrom rated it did not like it
Stupid beyond measure.
Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount)
Ugh. I have read other works by this author, and find him a trustworthy historian. My issues with this book are not about what he has to say, but about how he structures the book for readability (or lack thereof). The first few chapters are great. I grew up in the Seventh Day Adventist church community, and am familiar with Ellen White's writings, as well as the Adventist teachings, and I read the Urantia Book while acting out in middle school (yes, I read the whole thing). I thought back then ...more
Erik Graff
Sep 02, 2014 Erik Graff rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 7th Day Adventists & their offspring
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: religion
The Catholic Church in Fairfax, CA has a nice little resale shop just south of it in a mini-mall on Sir Francis Drake. Looking for books to present to the various friends I would be visiting in the Bay Area, I found this oddity--along with another book actually published by the Urantians. I'd heard of them, certainly, but hadn't given this small, Chicago-based cult much thought previously and wouldn't have looked twice at it were it not for its authorship, Martin Gardner having been the ...more
Daniel
Nov 14, 2011 Daniel rated it really liked it
I read the Spanish versión of this book:

Gardner, Martin [1995]: Urantia. ¿Revelación divina o negocio editorial? [Urantia: the great cult mystery]. Traducción de Pilar Tutor. Tikal Ediciones (Col. “Eleusis”). Gerona. xv + 348 páginas. ISBN 9788430584123.

If you liked or are interested in the Urantia Book or looking for the sources of the J.J. Benitez saga "Caballo de Troya", then _this_ book is a must read choice. It debunks the origins, content and purposes of the Urantia Book in a marvelous way
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J.Z. Murdock
Feb 12, 2012 J.Z. Murdock rated it it was amazing
If you want an interesting history of where the Urantia Book came from, Kellogg and The Seventh Day Adventist Church, this is the book.
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Martin Gardner was an American mathematics and science writer specializing in recreational mathematics, but with interests encompassing micromagic, stage magic, literature (especially the writings of Lewis Carroll), philosophy, scientific skepticism, and religion. He wrote the Mathematical Games column in Scientific American from 1956 to 1981, and published over 70 books.
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