Topic outline

  • Borrowing the Best

    This course is designed to promote a culture that honors a tradition of borrowing the best from science, philosophy, and religion for the edification of all. We have placed special emphasis on the lectures Jesus gave, during his thirtieth year, while returning from a caravan trip to the Caspian. During these Urmia Lectures, Jesus outlined a path forward, towards an era of light and life. He gave these lectures in the context of the time of their presentation, a time in which the world was a very different place. Even so, the principles he chose to highlight are just as valid today. Accordingly, these lectures have been restated, within a contemporary context and modern phrasing. During his lectures, our now Sovereign Lord organized the topic of Sovereignty under three general headings.

  • Sovereignty — Divine and Human

    The brotherhood of men is founded on the fatherhood of God. The family of God is derived from the love of God — God is love. God the Father divinely loves his children, all of them.

  • Political Sovereignty

    Citizens are not born for the benefit of governments; governments are organizations created and devised for the benefit of men. There can be no end to the evolution of political sovereignty short of the appearance of the government of the sovereignty of all men. All other sovereignties are relative in value, intermediate in meaning, and subordinate in status.

  • Law, Liberty, and Sovereignty

    If one man craves freedom — liberty — he must remember that all other men long for the same freedom. Groups of such liberty-loving mortals cannot live together in peace without becoming subservient to such laws, rules, and regulations as will grant each person the same degree of freedom while at the same time safeguarding an equal degree of freedom for all of his fellow mortals. If one man is to be absolutely free, then another must become an absolute slave. And the relative nature of freedom is true socially, economically, and politically. Freedom is the gift of civilization made possible by the enforcement of LAW.

  • Cymboyton Amphitheatre - Now Playing

    On the largest of a group of islands, situated a short distance offshore near Urmia, was a lecture amphitheater — dedicated to the “spirit of religion.” This temple of religious philosophy had been built by a wealthy merchant citizen of Urmia and his three sons. This man was Cymboyton, and he numbered among his ancestors many diverse peoples. The teachers of various religions made a great effort to show how similar their religions were in regard to the fundamental things of this life and the next. There was but one doctrine which had to be accepted in order to gain a seat on this faculty — every teacher must represent a religion which recognized God — some sort of supreme Deity.