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

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

Out of the Closet

Out Of The Closet

An atheist shares about her long sober journey in Alcoholics Anonymous By Anonymous Published online by the AA Grapevine in March 2015. Copyright ©  AA Grapevine. You can subscribe to the online or print version (or both) right here: AA Grapevine. It’s 8:35 p.m. on Saturday and the speaker has just suggested … Continue reading

The Steps Cafeteria-Style

Sunflowers at Sunset

“The 12 Steps are so formed and presented that an alcoholic can either ignore them completely, take them cafeteria-style, or embrace them wholeheartedly.” (from the Conference-approved pamphlet, A Member’s Eye View of Alcoholics Anonymous) When I was editor of ‘Share’, Britain’s AA magazine, I commissioned this article by Anthony K., … Continue reading

Coming Out Atheist in Conventional AA

Closet Door

By John H. Washington DC We Agnostics Group One of the more difficult challenges facing a non-believing member of Alcoholics Anonymous is in how to approach the fact of one’s non-belief in a conventional AA meeting. In this article I am addressing myself primarily to self-identified Atheists as a lifelong … Continue reading

Living with Lillian

Lillian

Living with Lillian: A reader’s look at a pioneering book in secular recovery by Joe C. Supposedly, belief in God is not required to join AA, and one might even get sober, but according to the Big Book, finding belief in “God as we understood Him” is essential to staying … Continue reading

An Atheist’s Twelfth Step

Individualism

By JHG When we first get to AA, we can just “take what we like and leave the rest”, but eventually, we have to decide whether we’re even going to stay. And if we stay, we need to do what we can to get the most out of the experience. There is … Continue reading