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June 02, 2007
Alcoholics Anonymous and the Bible:
List of A.A. History Sites
(by Dick B.)
A.A. History Articles Series by
A.A. History Resource Websites Printing Most of
Dick's Articles in Full
A.A. History and Bibliography, posting most of Dick=s
articles, and offering them on CD ROM
AnonymousOne.com, posting many of Dick=s
articles, on its articles pages
Mental-Health-Matters, posting a large number of Dick=s
articles on its articles pages
Ncubator, a Christian site, listing Dick as an Editor, and posting many of
NI-COR, a comprehensive site, with Dick on the Board of Editors, and posting
5 Oxford Group articles and articles on early A.A.=s
- Honesty, Purity, Unselfishness, and Love
Sober City, posting
most of Dick=s
Sponsor to Sponsor, supporting Dick=s
articles and dissemination efforts
A.A. History Articles by Dick B.
(Essays and Comments on A.A. History, based on Dick B.=s
19 published A.A. History Titles and 13 years of research. All are posted on
the web in one or more of the sites listed above, for which we thank each and
every one of the sites)
The Spiritual Beginnings of A.A.
A Day with the Akron A.A. Pioneers
Dick B.'s Address at Archives 2000 on the Six Major Roots of A.A.
A Review of Earliest A.A.'s Roots
An Early A.A. Suggestion: May You Find God Now!
May You Find God Now raises the issue: Are we still seeking Him
Starting Your Journey to God as Early AAs did understand Him
Our Creator and Early A.A. The Pioneers Found Him: Have We Lost Him?
The Creator, any "God," Not god, or Radiator?
The Name of the Creator [YHWH - pronounced "Yahweh"]
Learn what the Bible says about the Creator
A.A., the Creator, and the "Love of God" - Part One: Dealing with the A.A.
A.A., the Creator, and the "Love of God" - Part Two: The Creator and the
A.A., the Creator, and the "Love of God" - Part Three: The Meaning of "Love of
Some "higher power" Homework: Part One - apparent sources
More "higher power" Homework: Part Two - "new thought" sources
What is a "power greater than ourselves" - a new "god" or the Creator?
"God as you understand Him" - the Shoemaker source
Alcoholism - A Cure: The God Factor
A.A.'s Roots in the Bible: The Parts Dr. Bob considered" Absolutely Essential"
A.A.'s Bible Roots and the sermon on the mount
A.A.'s Bible Roots and the Book of James
A.A.'s Bible Roots and 1 Corinthians 13
A.A.'s Roots - Jesus's sermon on the mount
Roundtable Series on A.A.'s Biblical Roots - Part One
Roundtable Series on A.A.'s Biblical Roots - Part Two
Roundtable Series on A.A.'s Biblical Roots - Part Three
Roundtable Series on A.A.'s Biblical Roots - Part Four
A Look at "Meditation" in Early A.A.
Anne Ripley Smith, wife of Dr. Bob, Mother and Co-Founder of A.A.
Anne Ripley Smith, Mother of A.A. - Part One (introducing her)
Anne Ripley Smith, Mother of A.A. - Part Two (diving in to her spiritual
Rev. Sam Shoemaker, an A.A. "Co-Founder" and Spiritual Source
So I Stay Near the Door - Sam Shoemaker's Apologia
A.A., Rev. Sam Shoemaker, and the Oxford Group - Part One
A.A., Rev. Sam Shoemaker, and the Oxford Group - Part Two
The Oxford Group and Alcoholics Anonymous - Part One
The Oxford Group and Alcoholics Anonymous - Part Two
The Oxford Group and Alcoholics Anonymous - Part Three
The Oxford Group and Alcoholics Anonymous - Part Four
Alcoholics Anonymous and its Real Oxford Group
Connection - 20 years of A.A.
What Are These "Four Absolutes?"
The Four Absolutes - Their Source, Application, and Significance
The Four Absolutes - More Revealed (The remarks of Dr. Bob's wife Anne Smith)
Absolutes - Still More Revealed
A.A. and the Five C.'s: A Root from Soul Surgery
The Books and Materials Early AAs Read
12 Step History Reflections
A Good Question by a Good Writer
- And my quest
for A.A. History
Concerning Alcoholics Anonymous
My Agenda in writing.
Quotable Quotes for A. A. History Buffs
More Quotable Quotes for A.A. History Buffs
A Review of Our Roots
A.A., Its Twelve Steps and History - Challenge for 2003 - To Look at Old School
A.A - Part One
A.A., Its Twelve Steps and History - Taking the "Cure"
Today - Part Two
Dick B.'s Earlier Articles on this Site
Learning A.A.'s six major roots is only the beginning. The question is whether a knowledge of this history is important and of value today. Can our history be
to produce the same kind of recovery from the "seemingly hopeless condition of mind and body" from which the pioneers recovered? Now you can read chapter eight of Dick B.'s title Utilizing A.A.'s Spiritual Roots for Recovery Today, for some valuable suggestions!
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Probably the most beneficial thing in the author's learning of the recovery program (as embodied in the Big Book and
Twelve Steps) were the Joe and Charlie Big Book Seminars. They did a line by line study of the first 103 pages. They made the unclear clear. They did it with humor, with purpose, and with brevity.
Many have wanted to do something similar with A.A.'s roots, as a complement to the Big Book study. This is being done in some areas. But there can be a much more precise approach, one that will complement the Big Book and enable spiritual growth within A.A. itself.
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Early AAs were intent upon finding and establishing a relationship and fellowship with our Creator--Almighty God.
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The phrase "early A.A." refers to the early fellowships and meetings those held in Akron, Ohio, between 1935 and 1939 when A.A. was an integral part of "A First Century Christian Fellowship" (also known as the Oxford
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A number of AAs, A.A. historians, and religious groups have assembled lists of Bible verses from time to time verses which they believe are relative to, or explanatory of the Twelve Steps. But the author's particular research focus has been limited, at the outset, to those books, chapters, and verses in the Bible from which A.A. pioneers actually took the basic ideas they fashioned into their spiritual recovery
Sam Shoemaker was a source of inspiration and guidance for countless individuals. The following article uncovers some rarely seen excerpts from Sam's writings, including his impressions of
First Century Christian Fellowship" back in 1928, and his well-known article "Act As If", first published in the Christian Herald in 1954....
Bill Wilson obtained lots of A.A. ideas directly from Sam Shoemaker. Some he got indirectly. But there was one message which came to Bill loud and clear and which he repeated in one way or another in every edition of the Big Book.
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Dr. William D. Silkworth (who wrote "The Doctor's Opinion" at the beginning of the Big Book) had much to say about Jesus Christ and recovery from
alcoholism. . . .
1943 Remarks of Bill W.
with Dr. Bob on A.A.'s Need for God, Religion, and the Bible
If you know your early A.A. history, it will not
surprise you to learn what A.A. co-founders Bill
Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith said on the platform at
talks they gave to 4,500 alcoholics, their relatives,
and friends at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles
in March, 1943. The speeches were reported on page
17, Friday, March 23, 1943, issue of the Roman
Catholic newspaper The Tidings. I got my copy from
an A.A. old-timer who had the remarks framed.
Here are some excerpts from the paper on Bill's
remarks. (Dr. Bob's remarks will follow in another posting.) Bill W.:
"An alcoholic is a fellow who is 'trying to
get his religion out of a bottle,' when what he really
wants is unity within himself, unity with God. . . ."
Alcoholics Anonymous recommends a return to
religion, resumption of Church attendance, the
news report said of Bill's remarks. "There is a
definite religious element here," Bill said. "I pray
and I feel released." He emphasized, said the
newspaper, "Divine Aid was A.A.'s greatest asset...."
After quoting Bill Wilson's statements, the paper
detailed some of Dr. Bob's remarks. The newspaper said the audience rose
to its feet in tribute to Dr. Bob. It continued that
Dr. Bob spoke "in soft, confident and unhurried words
[where] he too reiterated the principles of Alcoholics
Anonymous." According to The Tidings, Dr. Bob said: "Read religious
literature. Resume church attendance, cultivate the habit of prayer, and
transmit the desires and principles of Alcoholics Anonymous to others." The
paper added: "He particularly recommended reading the Bible."
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