Irreligion in the US: A Rising Tide

Word of God

The Guardian 19 May 2017 For the first time, the number of Americans saying that the Bible is composed of “fables” by human beings has overtaken the number who say it is the literal truth. The preponderant belief, held by about half the country, is still that 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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading

AA Without the God?

To Thine Own

Is believing in a higher power an essential component of the recovery process? By David Sack, M.D. Published on December 10, 2014 in Where Science Meets the Steps (Psychology Today) It’s a comment I’ve heard often in my years helping those with addictions: “I tried AA, but I just … 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 … Continue reading

A Fellowship of the Religious?

Back to Basics

By Thomas B. Prologue Recently at an AA meeting I became aware of something which in my previous 40 plus years of continuous recovery, I had missed. On page 164 of the Big Book, AA is described by Bill as a Fellowship of the Spirit, capital F & capital … Continue reading