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We resume our study of religion with the fifth of these five "religion papers, The Reality of religious Experience. We begin by considering that even biology predisposes uman beings to be religious.
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. [(1129.2-7) 103:0.2-7]
Religion is primarily a pursuit of values, and then there formulates a system of interpretative beliefs. [(1130.3) 103:1.4]
What is termed the “birth of religion” is not directly associated with so-called conversion experiences which usually characterize religious episodes occurring later in life as a result of mental conflict, emotional repression, and temperamental upheavals. [(1130.6) 103:2.1]
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