And in all I have read and experienced in AA, I have never got even the slightest impression from the founders or the organization that the program of AA should be worshipped.
Yet I continually hear and read individuals quoting the Big Book as if it were infallible scripture and deifying the 12 steps and practices of AA. I also hear and read opponents of AA and 12 step making ridiculous claims about the hidden agenda of the founders of AA.
To me, the Big Book is nothing more nor less than a collection of valuable observations, experiences, and suggestions of a bunch of now-sober alcoholics who found a few practices and way of life that work for them. These observations and experiences include many self-admitted mistakes in attempts to get sober and help others do the same. So the notion of the infalibility of the Big Book makes no sense to me.
Similarly, AA encourages us to engage the practices of our faith and to recognize where “religious” people are right. So I remain unclear and unconvinced as to how this could all be a conspiracy.
Bill W declined many opportunities for personal gain, publicity, awards and accolades. This is considerably different than many religious leaders of a variety of faiths. How many religious leaders build huge empires only to become corrupt by their fame, power and wealth. Yet people of these same faiths criticize AA and its founders. Many religious leaders could learn a lot from some of what Bill W practiced in limiting temptations of money, property, and prestige. Maybe he was just wise enough to know that these things corrupt people and their purposes.
To me this all seems like a tempest in a tea pot stirred up by people who are threatened by the effectiveness of AA. newsflash…. it works for many of us. Millions in fact. Get over it! Why not thank God for it?
AA is not, and never was proposed as competition for religious faith. If anything, AA told us to go back to our faith and beliefs.
There will always be fanatics who take anything worthwhile to an extreme. Thats why many football fans paint their faces, dawn jerseys, and act like a bunch of morons over whether their team wins or not.
Today, I am clean and sober. And I have been for years. A day at a time. And today, I believe more in God and the Bible than I ever did. AA just helped me get/stay sober long enough to stay alive so I could believe and serve God again.