By Roger C
This publication is an concept for these uncomfortable with the “God bit” in 12 Step Line restoration conferences and fellowships. A historical past of Agnostics in AA is an ideal combination of 2 crucial components for a booklet of this type: own adventure and research.
The booklet is split into 3 major components: Our historical past, difficulties in AA and relocating ahead. The heritage is going again to Jim Burwell, the 1st atheist in AA, and to the first actual agnostic AA conferences. It additionally faucets into the discrimination opposed to nonbelievers within the fellowship. within the moment half, numerous difficulties inside of Alcoholics nameless are mentioned, and this sort of seems to be “Conference-approved” literature. ultimately, the final half, relocating ahead, is all a couple of secular move gaining momentum inside AA, promising to make AA much less God-focused, extra inclusive and therefore extra modern.
The writer, Roger C, is the chief of the web site AA Agnostica. He used to be the “resident atheist” on the college of spiritual reports at McGill college for a number of years and was once handled with actual appreciate. it's was hoping that over the years an identical attractiveness of nonbelievers in AA and different 12 Step restoration fellowships might be one of many result of A background of Agnostics in AA.
Our wish is that Alcoholics nameless adapts and strikes ahead, with higher inclusivity. A historical past of Agnostics in AA is intended to give a contribution to that target.
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Extra info for A History of Agnostics in AA
Among the first ten members of the fellowship on the East Coast, he is often considered the third founder of AA. Jim is the first agnostic AA member to die sober: His sobriety date was June 15, 1938, and he died on September 8, 1974. Chapter 4: Early History Chicago Our movement 舑 the growth of secular meetings within AA 舑 began, ironically enough, in a church, the Unitarian Universalist Church. And it was started by a guy by the name of Wilson, but not Bill, Don Wilson. Don was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church and had been for a number of years.
We were not going to come to an agreement; that was certain. It got me thinking though. About AA and the 12 Steps and God. And about another quote from the co-founder of AA, Bill Wilson: In AA’s first years I all but ruined the whole undertaking… God as I understood Him had to be for everybody. Sometimes my aggression was subtle and sometimes it was crude. But either way it was damaging 舑 perhaps fatally so 舑 to numbers of non-believers. (Grapevine Article, “The Dilemma of No Faith”, 1961) And that led me to question whether AA had become more inclusive over the past eight decades.
But, of course he wasn’t. I was soon to discover that there was a lot of God talk at AA meetings. That is the first thing that bothers we agnostics and atheists in AA. I should say that I am not speaking for all agnostics and atheists in AA. Nobody can do that. But as the editor of the website AA Agnostica1 for the last six years and having been heavily involved in secular AA meetings, I am in contact with many agnostic members and know that many of them feel and react much the same as I do. But back to the God talk: the God that is talked about at meetings is often a Christian God, an anthropomorphic (created in man’s image 舑 “Father”, “He” or “Him”) and interventionist (who can solve a problem with alcohol “if He were sought”) supernatural being.
A History of Agnostics in AA by Roger C