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New Year's Eve

Greetings!  Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

We would like to invite everyone to a New Year's Eve get together at 8:00pm at the Eudaley home (2004 Alexander Lane, Bethany).  Bring snacks, drinks, poetry and yourself (or just yourself).  

 

Hope to see you there!

 

The Eudaley Family

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New Year's Eve Party at the Eudaly's

Greetings!  Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

We would like to invite everyone to a New Year's Eve get together at 8:00pm at the Eudaley home (2004 Alexander Lane, Bethany).  Bring snacks, drinks, poetry and yourself (or just yourself).  

Hope to see you there!

 

The Eudaley Family

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Urantia Book Society of Oklahoma is Now Officially Incorporated

Hi All you loyal Urantians,

It's official - our society has the status of 501(c)(3) and are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a non profit organization.  Spread the word.  Let the donations begin.

 

Happy New Year.

 

Love and blessings,

 

Charlene

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Christmas Compare 12/25/2013

And it came to pass that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
  --Bible, Luke 2:1

P.1350 - §3 (122:7.1) In the month of March, 8 B.C. (the month Joseph and Mary were married), Caesar Augustus decreed that all inhabitants of the Roman Empire should be numbered, that a census should be made which could be used for effecting better taxation.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.  And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
  --Bible, Luke 2:13-15

P.1352 - §1 (122:8.5) At the noontide birth of Jesus the seraphim of Urantia, assembled under their directors, did sing anthems of glory over the Bethlehem manger, but these utterances of praise were not heard by human ears. No shepherds nor any other mortal creatures came to pay homage to the babe of Bethlehem until the day of the arrival of certain priests from Ur, who were sent down from Jerusalem by Zacharias.
 

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A word is dead
When it is said,
Some say.
I say it just
Begins to live
That day.
  --Emily Dickinson, poet (1830-1886)

(159:4.7)  The authority of truth is the very spirit that indwells its living manifestations, and not the dead words of the less illuminated and supposedly inspired men of another generation.

(180:5.2)  Static truth is dead truth, and only dead truth can be held as a theory. Living truth is dynamic and can enjoy only an experiential existence in the human mind.

(180:5.4)  The true child of universe insight looks for the living Spirit of Truth in every wise saying. The God-knowing individual is constantly elevating wisdom to the living-truth levels of divine attainment; the spiritually unprogressive soul is all the while dragging the living truth down to the dead levels of wisdom and to the domain of mere exalted knowledge.

    Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886) was an American poet. Born in Amherst, Massachusetts, to a successful family with strong community ties, she lived a mostly introverted and reclusive life. After she studied at the Amherst Academy for seven years in her youth, she spent a short time at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary before returning to her family's house in Amherst. Thought of as an eccentric by the locals, she became known for her penchant for white clothing and her reluctance to greet guests or, later in life, even leave her room. Most of her friendships were therefore carried out by correspondence.
    While Dickinson was a prolific private poet, fewer than a dozen of her nearly eighteen hundred poems were published during her lifetime. The work that was published during her lifetime was usually altered significantly by the publishers to fit the conventional poetic rules of the time. Dickinson's poems are unique for the era in which she wrote; they contain short lines, typically lack titles, and often use slant rhyme as well as unconventional capitalization and punctuation. Many of her poems deal with themes of death and immortality, two recurring topics in letters to her friends.
    Although most of her acquaintances were probably aware of Dickinson's writing, it was not until after her death in 1886—when Lavinia, Dickinson's younger sister, discovered her cache of poems—that the breadth of Dickinson's work became apparent. Her first collection of poetry was published in 1890 by personal acquaintances Thomas Wentworth Higginson and Mabel Loomis Todd, both of whom heavily edited the content. A complete and mostly unaltered collection of her poetry became available for the first time in 1955 when The Poems of Emily Dickinson was published by scholar Thomas H. Johnson. Despite some unfavorable reviews and some skepticism during the late 19th and early 20th century as to Dickinson's literary prowess, she is now almost universally considered to be one of the most important American poets.

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Superuniverse Speculations on the Scale of Orvonton - A Credible Case for the Milky Way and the Local Group

Friends,

I have come to a relative end of my semi exhaustive study of the scale of Orvonton.  Check it out if you are curious. Hopefully the full version is attached. I will copy each section in text here in the next several days until all 16 chapters are published.

Tom

 

Foreword

El subio mucha consigo, el necio no.

(The wise alter their counsel, the foolish do not)

-A Spanish proverb quoted by

Thomas Wright, British astronomer (1711-1786)

 

The greatest obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, the continents,

and the oceans was not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge.

-Daniel J. Boorstin, (1914-2004)

 

Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.

--Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, (1844-1900)

 

The recognition that no knowledge can be complete, no metaphor entire,

is itself humanizing. It counteracts fanaticism. It grants even to adversaries

the possibility of partial truth, and to oneself the possibility of error.

  --Alvin Toffler (b. 1928)

 

"All finite knowledge and creature understanding are relative. Information and intelligence, gleaned from even high sources, is only relatively complete, locally accurate, and personally true." (2:7.1) 

"If mind cannot fathom conclusions, if it cannot penetrate to true origins, then will such mind unfailingly postulate conclusions and invent origins that it may have a means of logical thought within the frame of these mind-created postulates. And while such universe frames for creature thought are indispensable to rational intellectual operations, they are, without exception, erroneous to a greater or lesser degree." (115:1.1)

 

Compare these quotes and you will discern the truth that dogma or certainty is dangerous in either philosophical or scientific realms.  Yet, we persist and crave credence in our conclusions in our quest to find intellectual comfort.  Because I too need such a “universe frame” in spite of my inevitable errors, I will persevere in my efforts to reconcile the limitations of epochal revelation with current but inexact conclusions of modern astronomy.  The Urantia Papers arrived at a time of faintly understood astronomy.  The papers present a most astounding and beautiful description of the universe of universes.  Epochal revelation has generously opened the doorway into a broader understanding of cosmology.  But we must work with a deficiency of revelatory information, scientific data and terminology to determine relatively accurate meanings from the revelation and current astronomy we are given.  Openness and healthy skepticism are essential when dealing with modern astronomy or cosmology in the Urantia Book.  Faith is the only arena for personal certainty, all else is estimation and erroneous to a greater or lesser degree. So wrote sociologist Robert King Merton, “Most institutions demand unqualified faith; but the institution of science makes skepticism a virtue.” Also as validated by a Melchizedek, “The more of science you know, the less sure you can be; the more of religion you have, the more certain you are.” (102:1.3) Never must we be satisfied with the tentative conclusions of science at any juncture of our evolution.

Many of the cosmological conclusions by Urantia Book astronomers are no longer completely acceptable to me, although I appreciate so much what they have done to lay the foundations of their work to this point.  I could never have come to the conclusions of my present study without their insightful thinking and shoulders to stand upon.

I am neither a scientist nor an astronomer.  I wanted to be an astronomer as a young lad and was very fascinated with my astronomy books and all the wonderful pictures of our solar system.  As I grew up, I got bogged down and disillusioned as the math and science became way too complex for my limited comprehension.  Instead I have grown up to be a philosopher which now puts me in a position to unify science and religion without having to be an expert in either realm. My fascination with cosmology has been the joy of my philosophy.  God’s tremendous gift to begin life and material expression at the lowest experiential level of existence in great mystery and contradistinction to his infinity of perfection, has aroused a huge curiosity in me as to how he has put this imperfect universe into the matrix of his existential-experiential totality.  What a beneficent and fortuitious experience for us in the late 20th century and beyond to have in our possession a revelation of epochal significance. This revelation has simplified, complicated and definitely expanded my capacity to comprehend our awesome God’s universe of universes.  As a result, I am now an adult with a revival of my same youthful fascination of astronomy coupled with epochal revelation without feeling the need to be a mathematical expert. I crave philosophically to understand what the Urantia papers say about the cosmology, cosmogony and cosmography of the universe, and how current astronomy validates or confuses revelatory articulation.

Even high beings are puzzled when contemplating the universe, as is illustrated by this quote by a Perfector of Wisdom:

"The immensity of the far-flung creation of the Universal Father is utterly beyond the grasp of finite imagination; the enormousness of the master universe staggers the concept of even my order of being. But the mortal mind can be taught much about the plan and arrangement of the universes; you can know something of their physical organization and marvelous administration; you may learn much about the various groups of intelligent beings who inhabit the seven superuniverses of time and the central universe of eternity." (12:0.1)

We are exponentially more “staggered” than is the Perfector of Wisdom, but are encouraged by how much we can know from the little we’ve been given by the Urantia papers. At least we can know “something” of the plan and arrangement of the universes.  Now we must also rely on the slow evolution of science further to fill in the gaps of our ignorance, coupled with a better discernment of what the Urantia papers are saying.  It is incumbent upon us to explore every possible logical conclusion from revelatory cosmology coupled with current and early 20th century astronomy. As it is in any evolutionary attempt to clarify reality, revelation is not forthcoming until all conceivable avenues of approach to the problem at hand are exhaustively researched. “Extending outward from Paradise, each new domain of realized and attained evolution constitutes a new and enlarged revelation of experiential Deity to the universe of universes.” (56:7.1) This challenge should spur all of us to maximize our endeavors to bring such progress into Supreme actuality.

There are a variety of theories among Urantia Book readers about the composition and cosmography of Orvonton.  Many astronomical models can be devised based upon language interpretation, current astronomy theories, intuition, analogy and paradigm extrapolations.  Here are some models put forth by several Urantia Book readers over the years:

  • The grand universe is made up of seven superclusters.
  • Orvonton is the Virgo supercluster.
  • Uversa is centered within the Virgo cluster.
  • The Milky Way is our minor sector Ensa
  • The Milky Way is our major sector Splandon.
  • The local group is our major sector Splandon.
  • The Milky Way alone is Orvonton.
  • The local group of galaxies is Orvonton with the Milky Way as the inhabited core.

Based on the astronomy descriptions in the Urantia papers with the most measured evidence of current astronomic thinking and language interpretation, I plausibly conclude that the Milky Way is the presently organized and partially inhabited core of the superuniverse of Orvonton. The raw material for the eventual completion of Orvonton involves ongoing star formation in diffuse nebulae in our local group culminating in the eventual amalgamation of these sixty plus gravitationally bound galaxies into the Milky Way over billions of years.

Because of the paucity of epochal revelatory information and evolutionary ignorance of the remarkable work constantly being performed by God the Sevenfold in conjunction with the sevenfold controllers of the grand universe, it is staggeringly difficult for us to project our understanding of how this universe is being brought together over time in concert with the unsearchable plans of the Architects of the Master Universe. We are dependent on revelation when our evolutionary efforts have been strained to the maximum. The Urantia papers have given us a huge epochal head start into solving many of these problems, but as with any revelation or insight, a multitude of new questions are raised exponentially. Perplexing paradoxes must be sorted out, Language must be properly interpreted and analyzed, and tentative assumptions must be made with a readiness to discard them when obviously no longer valid.  Thanks to Michael of Nebadon for allowing this wonderful epochal revelation!

The many varieties of cosmological theory related to the astronomy revelations of the Urantia papers lead to a plethora of heated discussions on several social media and internet locations. Such disagreement is healthy unless intolerance and tactlessness shows its ugly face. As Jesus remonstrated with the Apostle John, we are not to think alike, as comfortable as that seems, but we are to dwell in a mutuality of unity and inspired purpose to know God and do his will.  Differences then can be appreciated for the purpose of stimulating an array of alternative thinking and cosmic problem solving.  It is in this spirit of love for my colleagues of cosmology that I dwell in the abundance of brotherhood and the joyful repose of unity in spite of our occasional sharp disagreements.

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Study Group Notices

Friends,

 

There will be no Family Worship 12/22/13

There will be no Sunday night Group 12/22/13

There will be no Wednesday night Group 12/22/13

There will be Study Group Sunday 12/29/13

There will be no Wednesday night Group 12/31/13

 

Have a safe and memorable Christmas Break from our routine, enjoying friends and family.

 

Love - Karen

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There is no man so good, who, were he to submit all his thoughts and actions to the laws, would not deserve hanging ten times in his life.
 --Michel de Montaigne, essayist (1533-1592)

P.555 - §1 (48:6.22)  Law is life itself and not the rules of its conduct. Evil is a transgression of law, not a violation of the rules of conduct pertaining to life, which is the law. Falsehood is not a matter of narration technique but something premeditated as a perversion of truth. The creation of new pictures out of old facts, the restatement of parental life in the lives of offspring--these are the artistic triumphs of truth. The shadow of a hair's turning, premeditated for an untrue purpose, the slightest twisting or perversion of that which is principle--these constitute falseness. But the fetish of factualized truth, fossilized truth, the iron band of so-called unchanging truth, holds one blindly in a closed circle of cold fact. One can be technically right as to fact and everlastingly wrong in the truth.

    Michel Eyquem de Montaigne was one of the most influential writers of the French Renaissance, known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre, and commonly thought of as the father of modern skepticism. He became famous for his effortless ability to merge serious intellectual exercises with casual anecdotes and autobiography—and his massive volume Essais (translated literally as "Attempts" or "Trials") contains, to this day, some of the most widely influential essays ever written. Montaigne had a direct influence on writers all over the world, including René Descartes, Blaise Pascal, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Albert Hirschman, William Hazlitt, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Friedrich Nietzsche, Stefan Zweig, Eric Hoffer, Isaac Asimov, and possibly on the later works of William Shakespeare.
    In his own time, Montaigne was admired more as a statesman than as an author. The tendency in his essays to digress into anecdotes and personal ruminations was seen as detrimental to proper style rather than as an innovation, and his declaration that, 'I am myself the matter of my book', was viewed by his contemporaries as self-indulgent. In time, however, Montaigne would be recognized as embodying, perhaps better than any other author of his time, the spirit of freely entertaining doubt which began to emerge at that time. He is most famously known for his skeptical remark, 'Que sçay-je?' ('What do I know?' in Middle French; modern French Que sais-je?). Remarkably modern even to readers today, Montaigne's attempt to examine the world through the lens of the only thing he can depend on implicitly—his own judgment—makes him more accessible to modern readers than any other author of the Renaissance. Much of modern literary non-fiction has found inspiration in Montaigne and writers of all kinds continue to read him for his masterful balance of intellectual knowledge and personal story-telling.
 

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The voice of conscience is so delicate that it is easy to stifle it; but it is also so clear that it is impossible to mistake it.
 --Madame De Stael, writer (1766-1817)

P.1005 - §2 (91:2.6)  Religion has at one time or another sanctioned all sorts of contrary and inconsistent behavior, has at some time approved of practically all that is now regarded as immoral or sinful. Conscience, untaught by experience and unaided by reason, never has been, and never can be, a safe and unerring guide to human conduct. Conscience is not a divine voice speaking to the human soul. It is merely the sum total of the moral and ethical content of the mores of any current stage of existence; it simply represents the humanly conceived ideal of reaction in any given set of circumstances.

P.1207 - §7 (110:5.1)  Do not confuse and confound the mission and influence of the Adjuster with what is commonly called conscience; they are not directly related. Conscience is a human and purely psychic reaction. It is not to be despised, but it is hardly the voice of God to the soul, which indeed the Adjuster's would be if such a voice could be heard. Conscience, rightly, admonishes you to do right; but the Adjuster, in addition, endeavors to tell you what truly is right; that is, when and as you are able to perceive the Monitor's leading.

Anne Louise Germaine de Staël-Holstein commonly known as Madame de Staël, was a French woman of letters of Swiss origin whose lifetime overlapped with the events of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic era. She was one of Napoleon's principal opponents. Celebrated for her conversational eloquence, she participated actively in the political and intellectual life of her times. Her works, both critical and fictional, made their mark on the history of European Romanticism.
 

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Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.
   --Edwin Hubbel Chapin 
(1814-1880) American author, clergyman

P.556 - §12 (48:7.12)  Righteousness strikes the harmony chords of truth, and the melody vibrates throughout the cosmos, even to the recognition of the Infinite.

    Edwin Hubbell Chapin (December 29, 1814 – 1880) was an American preacher and editor of the Christian Leader. He was also a poet, responsible for the poem Burial at Sea, which was the origin of a famous folk song, Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie.
    Chapin was born in Union Village, Washington County, New York. He did not attend college, but completed his formal education in a seminary at Bennington, Vermont. At the age of twenty-four, after a course of theological study, he was invited to take charge of the pulpit of the Universalist Society of Richmond, Virginia, and was ordained as a pastor in 1838. Two years afterward, he moved to Charlestown, Massachusetts, and in 1840 he accepted the pastorate of the School Street Society, in Boston. In 1848 he settled in New York as pastor of the Fourth Universalist Society, the church of which was then located on Broadway. Here he labored for a period extending over eighteen years, drawing large congregations. A new edifice, known as the Church of the Divine Paternity, was erected on the corner of 5th Avenue and 45th Street, and dedicated on the 3rd day of December, 1866.
    Chapin became widely known as an orator and author of works including the Crown of Thorns, Discourses on the Lord's Prayer, Characters of the Gospel, illustrating phases of the present day, Moral Aspects of City Life, and Humanity in the City. He spoke at Frankfort-on-the-Main, before the World's Peace Convention in 1850; at the Kossuth Banquet; at the Publishers' Association Festival, and at the opening of the New York Crystal Palace. Harvard College conferred an honorary D.D. upon Chapin in 1856. He was one of the chief actors in what was called the "Broad Church Movement".
    He was the author of the poem Ocean Burial, which was put to music by George N. Allen. The song which it became was published widely. It became a sailor's song and also the beginnings for another song, Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie. He wrote the poem in his youth and it was published in September 1839 in Poe's Southern Literary Messenger.
    He was a trustee of Bellevue Medical College and Hospital, and a member of: the State Historical Society, the beneficent society called the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and the prestigious Century Club, composed of "authors, artists, and amateurs of letters and the fine arts. In 1854 he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Honorary member.
    He died at Pigeon Cove, a village of Rockport, Massachusetts, survived by two sons, Frederic H. Chapin and Dr. Sidney H. Chapin, and one daughter, Marion Chapin Davison. The Chapin Memorial Church at Oneonta, New York was dedicated to him in 1894. A chasm in the rocky coast near his home in Pigeon Cove is named Chapin's Gully where Chapin often swam.

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