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By Roger C

ISBN-10: 0994016263

ISBN-13: 9780994016263

This ebook is an idea for these uncomfortable with the “God bit” in 12 Step Line restoration conferences and fellowships. A historical past of Agnostics in AA is an ideal mixture of 2 crucial elements for a e-book of this type: own event and research.
The booklet is split into 3 major elements: Our historical past, difficulties in AA and relocating ahead. The heritage is going again to Jim Burwell, the 1st atheist in AA, and to the first actual agnostic AA conferences. It additionally faucets into the discrimination opposed to nonbelievers within the fellowship. within the moment half, a number of difficulties inside of Alcoholics nameless are mentioned, and the sort of seems to be “Conference-approved” literature. ultimately, the final half, relocating ahead, is all a few secular circulate gaining momentum inside AA, promising to make AA much less God-focused, extra inclusive and hence extra modern.
The writer, Roger C, is the chief of the web site AA Agnostica. He was once the “resident atheist” on the school of spiritual reviews at McGill college for a number of years and used to be handled with actual recognize. it's was hoping that through the years an analogous reputation of nonbelievers in AA and different 12 Step restoration fellowships could be one of many result of A background of Agnostics in AA.
Our desire is that Alcoholics nameless adapts and strikes ahead, with higher inclusivity. A heritage of Agnostics in AA is intended to give a contribution to that aim.

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The Quad A meetings were not listed in the Chicago AA directory until the 1980s, more than five years after they had been launched. A lawyer, John K, pushed for that and wanted them listed, but the Central AA Office was reluctant to list these groups. “This is Don’s group,” he told them. And so as Chuck reported: “Everybody knew Don and so the atheist / agnostic group became Don’s group in the minds of many of the people who were in the Central Office. The next directory, there we were. Officially listed AA, Quad A: Alcoholics Anonymous for Atheists and Agnostics”.

This is news? It is when the party is in Chicago's Second Unitarian Church on Barry Street. The drunks are sober, and the party is to commemorate the 20th anniversary of a controversial 12-step recovery group - Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) for Atheists and Agnostics, known in AA circles as Quad A (AAAA). A brief history of Quad A in Chicago, it ends most appropriately: "These (12) steps are but suggestions," the early AA members wrote in Alcoholics Anonymous, dubbed "The Big Book" in AA circles, but inevitably a churchlike push for orthodoxy began in some quarters.

Wilson worked away at that for almost a month: it would historically turn out to be one of the most significant recorded examples of one drunk helping another. Dr. Bob took his last drink on June 10, 1935 (a beer to steady his hand for surgery), and this is generally accepted as the founding date of AA. In January of 1938, Jim Burwell joined the fellowship. AA consisted of two groups: one in Akron and the other one in New York. The latter group held one meeting a week, at Bill’s home in Brooklyn, which was attended by six or eight men.

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