The Urantia BookADDPMP005
Mysterious, obscure, spiritual and philosophical book by unknown author(s) that originated in Chicago sometime between 1924 and 1955. It claims to “reveal the mysteries of God, the universe, world history, Jesus, and ourselves,” and attempts to do so on 2097 pages. Notable readers of the book include Sun Ra, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Hillary Clinton, reportedly.
Original passage from The Urantia Book (p. 965):
“7. Nature of Cultism
The cult type of social organization persisted because it provided a symbolism for the preservation and stimulation of moral sentiments and religious loyalties. The cult grew out of the traditions of “old families” and was perpetuated as an established institution; all families have a cult of some sort. Every inspiring ideal grasps for some perpetuating symbolism – seeks some technique for cultural manifestation which will insure survival and augment realization – and the cult achieves this end by fostering and gratifying emotion.
From the dawn of civilization every appealing movement in social culture or religious advancement has developed a ritual, a symbolic ceremonial. The more this ritual has been an unconscious growth, the stronger it has gripped its devotees. The cult preserved sentiment and satisfied emotion, but it has always been the greatest obstacle to social reconstruction and spiritual progress.
Notwithstanding that the cult has always retarded social progress, it is regrettable that so many modern believers in moral standards and spiritual ideals have no adequate symbolism – no cult of mutual support – nothing to belong to. But a religious cult cannot be manufactured; it must grow. And those of no two groups will be identical unless their rituals are arbitrarily standardized by authority.”