William James and AA

William James

By bob k For better or worse, whether real or imagined, drug-induced, or brought about by the most desperate need, Bill Wilson’s spiritual experience at Towns Hospital is perhaps the foundation point of Alcoholics Anonymous. Shortly before the famous “hot flash,” Bill’s old friend Ebby had laid out the Oxford Group’s … Continue reading

Still No Pamphlet for Agnostics in AA

One Way

By Roger C. After requests that span some forty years, there is still no pamphlet for agnostics and atheists in AA. Not one. Nothing even close. The recently published pamphlet, Many Paths to Spirituality, was meant to dodge the issue, rather than deal with it. All the pamphlet had to … Continue reading

Buddhism and the 12 Steps

Buddhas

By Roger C. There would appear to be much in common between Buddhist thought and the 12 Step recovery program practised by some in AA. A number of books have made the connection between them. Three of the more popular ones include Kevin Griffin’s work, One Breath at a Time: … Continue reading

The Trouble with Tradition Three

Tradition

By  Svukic The following is the long form of Tradition Three as quoted in my copies of Alcoholics Anonymous (the volume that is reverentially and affectionately referred to as “The Big Book” by orthodox members of AA) and Twelve Steps And Twelve Traditions (both published by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, … Continue reading