Group Conscience Follies

Meeting

By John L. Reading passages from the Big Book has become an increasingly common practice in regular AA groups. This irks me: it’s too much like reading Holy Scripture at a church service.  The two main passages are How It Works and The Promises, both of which falsely and harmfully … Continue reading

Do Tell! Stories by Atheists & Agnostics in AA

Do Tell! [Front Cover]

“Storytelling is the practice and… essential dynamic of AA”. AA historian Ernie Kurtz Introduction: Reshaping the AA Culture By Roger C. Things change. At least that’s been my experience in life. And it’s the experience of everyone I have ever chatted with about change and their lives and the world … Continue reading

Foreword – Do Tell!

Do Tell!

Do Tell! Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA was published a week ago. The book shares the stories of the “experience, strength and hope” of 15 women and 15 men in recovery in AA, none of whom “came to believe” that an interventionist deity was responsible for their sobriety. Today we are featuring … Continue reading

Back to Basics and other threats to AA

Grace of God

Snake Oil: Something that is sold as medicine but that is not really useful or helpful in any way. Webster’s Online By John H. Washington DC We Agnostics Group There are few people as psychologically vulnerable as newly recovering alcoholics. They may be subject to all forms of misdirection and … Continue reading

A Changing Landscape

Landscape

By Joe C. Rebellion Dogs Publishing Once again the Pew Research group shows that the fastest growing choice for survey respondents to the question of religion is “None.” And the future is none – the largest number of irreligious are the youth. Eleven per cent of Silent Generation (AA founders) … Continue reading

Bill Wilson’s Experience with LSD

DMT

By Thomas B. In what has to be one of the strangest ironies I’ve ever experienced, I came across a post in a most unlikely place that served as the inspiration to write this article about Bill Wilson’s experience with LSD. It was on an ultra-fundamentalist, Christian blog, which was … Continue reading

Ten myths about atheists, debunked

Above us

It’s not just in Alcoholics Anonymous that atheists are treated with disrespect, although because of the religious underpinnings of the 12 Steps and the Big Book the problem is often more pronounced within the Fellowship. Much of that comes from a misunderstanding of atheists, as this article, which lists and debunks ten of the … Continue reading