Chapter 3: The “God Bit”

Chapter 3

The “God” part in the 12 Steps comes from Bill Wilson. The rest of it, “as we understood Him”, was Jim Burwell’s contribution. But let’s start at the beginning… AA’s soon-to-be co-founders met on May 12, 1935 (Mother’s Day), with Bill trying to help Dr. Bob sober up at Dr. … Continue reading

Chapter 2: Rejection

A History III

Two agnostic groups – We Agnostics and Beyond Belief – were booted off of the official list of AA group meetings in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) on May 31, 2011. This was done by the GTA Intergroup. Beyond Belief had been around for more than a year and a … Continue reading

Chapter 1: An Agnostic in AA

Chapter 1

I went to my first AA meeting when I was in rehab back in 2010. It was a speaker meeting and there was a fellow on stage who talked about how he owed his sobriety to “the Guy in the sky”. I thought, “Are you kidding me?” But, of course … Continue reading

Introduction: Time to Rally

A History

A few days ago I got an email from a woman, Emma. It was not at all an unusual email and followed a rather common motif. Emma had spent a bit of time reading various articles on the AA Agnostica website and wanted to know why we agnostics, atheists and … Continue reading

Review: A History of Agnostics in AA

A History V

By Robin R. A History of Agnostics in AA is a timely book that should be read by all AA members, nonbelievers and believers.  It accurately portrays the experience and the history of agnostics within the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. The book begins with a rather “conventional” AAer insisting that … Continue reading