By Roger C
This booklet is an proposal for these uncomfortable with the “God bit” in 12 Step Line restoration conferences and fellowships. A heritage of Agnostics in AA is an ideal mix of 2 crucial elements for a ebook of this kind: own event and research.
The booklet is split into 3 major components: Our heritage, difficulties in AA and relocating ahead. The background 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 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 circulation gaining momentum inside of 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 non secular experiences at McGill collage for numerous years and used to be taken care of with real recognize. it really is was hoping that over the years an identical recognition of nonbelievers in AA and different 12 Step restoration fellowships can be one of many result of A heritage of Agnostics in AA.
Our desire is that Alcoholics nameless adapts and strikes ahead, with larger inclusivity. A historical past of Agnostics in AA is intended to give a contribution to that objective.
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292'86 C2017-902118-4 C2017-902119-2 Š Published in Canada by AA Agnostica Cover design by Kyla Elisabeth Interior layout and eBook version formatted by Chris G Š Preface In case it is not clear early on, the author of this book, Roger C, has managed the website, AA Agnostica, since it was first created in mid-June 2011. The site is described as “a space for AA agnostics, atheists and freethinkers worldwide”. Two of the sixteen chapters are written by life-j. Over the years, he has written a number of articles about secular AA including one called “Open-minded” which was published in the October 2016 issue of the AA Grapevine, an issue devoted to “Atheist and Agnostic Members” of AA.
In most cities in North America, and in virtually all towns and villages, AA meetings end with people standing, holding hands, and reciting the Lord’s Prayer. Don ultimately decided he couldn’t 舑 and shouldn’t 舑 do that. He chose to remain seated during the closing prayer in order “to let others know that they are not alone and so that nonbelievers will feel welcome”. And that approach has been very helpful. Don met the other founder of The Broad Highway Group at an “old school” AA meeting. He shared his lack of faith and Tom 舑 who at the time had 23 years of sobriety 舑 talked about his own doubt.
Nobody can do that. But as the editor of the website AA Agnostica1 for the last six years and having been heavily involved in secular AA meetings, I am in contact with many agnostic members and know that many of them feel and react much the same as I do. But back to the God talk: the God that is talked about at meetings is often a Christian God, an anthropomorphic (created in man’s image 舑 “Father”, “He” or “Him”) and interventionist (who can solve a problem with alcohol “if He were sought”) supernatural being.
A History of Agnostics in AA by Roger C