An Agnostic Reflects on AA Today

Reality

By Peter T. As an Alcoholics Anonymous member of long-standing in Ontario, I am dismayed and shamed by the Greater Toronto Area Intergroup (GTAI) declaration at the January, 2016 Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario that AA is a “religious organization”, and that to be part of it, AA groups “must … Continue reading

We Agnostics

San Diego

This was a talk given at the 39th annual AA Spring Roundup in San Diego, March 24-27, 2016,  Easter weekend. There were 50 or so people in the room. Rob reports that for many it was their first time hearing about the agnostic/ atheist/ freethinker movement within AA, and several … Continue reading

AA Atheists and Human Rights

Gavel

By Roger C. On May 31, 2011, two agnostic AA groups were booted out of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Intergroup and off of the area AA meeting lists. That was disturbing and offensive to many people within the fellowship of AA. Within a few days an article appeared on … Continue reading

AA Atheist

Atheism

Chapter 20: Do Tell! Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA Hanje R. Few residents are in treatment because they choose to be. Most of us are “invited” by the courts, our employers, our family or friends. I arrived in treatment May 6, 1981 via an intervention that included family, … Continue reading

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