I believe that traditional Christian veneration of Mary fulfills a very basic human need for the divine feminine. In the Urantia Book, we learn of the divine feminine as the Mother Spirit. In the early 20th century, some Eastern Orthodox theologians speculated that when Jesus was conceived, not only was Mary purified of all sin, but she also became perfectly united with the Holy Spirit and is therefore the personification of the divine Sophia for humanity. Though not divine, she stands as superior to all human beings, and is our intercessor before her Son. While such a doctrine isn't specifically taught by the Urantia Book, I don't see it as contradicting the Urantia Book either.
As a side note, it is regrettable that the Wisdom or "Sophia" concept of the earliest Christian Trinitarians at Antioch (see emphasis, last quote) faded into the lost pages of early church history. This image of Sophia is in certain ways an accurate depiction of the local universe Mother Spirit concept of The Urantia Book. By the fourth century, Sophia was largely dropped in favor of the genderless Holy Spirit, or merged into the rising cult of Mary, the Theotokos ("God-bearer" or "Mother of God"). But there is great hope that she will be retrieved. As we noted previously, through the visionary theology of Vladimir Soloviev, a school of Orthodox "sophiology" arose in Russia in the nineteenth century to explore this ancient notion once again, and this revivified Sophia concept is, curiously, enjoying a renaissance both in Russia today and in the United States among eco-feminist thinkers and creation theologians. Is it possible that creative Orthodox theologians might someday revive the cultic basis for the veneration of the Mother Spirit and even the Infinite Mother Spirit?
Mary is not merely the instrument, but the direct positive condition of the Incarnation, its human aspect. Christ could not have been incarnate by some mechanical process, violating human nature. It was necessary for that nature itself to say for itself, by the mouth of the most pure human being: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it unto me according to Thy word."
Edited by Howard509, 11 March 2013 - 02:33 PM.