God Problems

Cross on Mountain

Chapter 12: Do Tell! Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA Betsy M. My father got sober in AA in 1952. He drove two hours round trip to the nearest city to attend the only weekly meeting in his region. I was five, but I have no memories of my … Continue reading

Atheist in a Foxhole

Eternal Man

Chapter 5: Do Tell! Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA Russ H. On a sunny Saturday morning at the end of July, 1995, I pulled into the cul-de-sac where I lived with my wife of 19 years and our two teenage children. My sister’s van was parked in the … Continue reading

God of Coincidence

Flock-of-Two

By Tom P. I cannot conceive of a God who rewards and punishes his creatures, or has a will of the kind that we experience in ourselves. Neither can I nor would I want to conceive of an individual that survives his physical death; let feeble souls, from fear or … 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

The Doorknob Deity

Doorknob

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. By Tom P. AA saved my life and set me on an exciting journey of personal growth and transformation. I am very grateful. Yet, with regard to religion, it feels to me … Continue reading

Another Atheist In Recovery

Another Atheist in Recovery

Reviewed by Christopher G. If you are new or old in recovery and you have old ideas that aren’t working anymore, you may find, like me, that when you get rid of an old idea (especially a big one like God), even timidly or hesitantly so, that all of your … Continue reading

Spiritual Caulk and the Courage to Change

Adam C

Spiritual Caulk and the Great Puppeteer in the Sky One of the most profound insights I’ve discovered in atheist literature is that god concepts serve the purpose of filling in gaps in our knowledge. ‘Miracles’ like lightening and earthquakes and sudden changes in personalities were considered inexplicable. In order to … Continue reading

No Human Power

Community

“No matter how outlandish the proposition, if it is supported by impeccable evidence and logic, it is most likely true, at least until even more impeccable evidence and logic refutes it and progress is made. Truth. Honesty. Reliable Information. Any promise of that should be taken seriously.” Brent P. November … Continue reading

Letting Go of God

God the Father

We atheists and agnostics in AA have faced a long struggle for acceptance. But newer 12-step fellowships are leading the way to a more tolerant form of recovery – despite a “Back to Basics” backlash. By Joe C. Originally published on October 17 on the website SUBSTANCE.COM. “AA is spiritual, not … Continue reading