Purpose and Philosophy
Urantia Book Internet School was founded in 1999 for the purpose of helping students around the world study The Urantia Book together in the comfort, convenience and safety of a virtual classroom. Courses are given in small classes under the guidance of an experienced facilitator, using a question and response technique. Responses to questions become a springboard for further discussion.
The school is designed to help students
• Develop an understanding of complex concepts
• Expand comprehension by delving deeper into the teachings
• Learn teamwork by sharing insights with fellow students
• Gain experience in presenting and sharing the teachings of the book
Our "Guiding Light"
The purpose of UBIS is to provide tools to assist each student in experiencing the teachings of The Urantia Book first hand and to promote, improve, and expand the student’s comprehension of the material through a non-interpretive teaching method. UBIS strives to model the Jesusonian approach to Education. UBIS also has a subsequent purpose of serving as an effective vehicle for training future teachers.
The entire ascendant plan of mortal progression is characterized by the practice of giving out to other beings new truth and experience just as soon as acquired. You work your way through the long school of Paradise attainment by serving as teachers to those pupils just behind you in the scale of progression. ~The Urantia Book, 30:3.9 (339.6)
Our Teaching Method
Since the revelation was presented in written form, every person can have their own first-hand experience with the text. UBIS provides tools to assist each student to experience the teachings first-hand, promoting, improving, and expanding comprehension of the concepts through a non-interpretive, non-invasive and non-aggressive pedagogy.
[W]e know that there dwells within the human mind a fragment of God, that there sojourns with the human soul the Spirit of Truth; and we further know that these spirit forces conspire to enable material man to grasp the reality of spiritual values and to comprehend the philosophy of universe meanings. But even more certainly we know that these spirits of the Divine Presence are able to assist man in the spiritual appropriation of all truth contributory to the enhancement of the ever progressing reality of personal religious experience–God-consciousness. ~ The Urantia Book, 0:12.13 (17.2)