What is the “basic text” of Alcoholics Anonymous. A response

Thank you for the update. I continue to see the importance of being aware of the “Big Myth;” i.e., that the Foreword (of which there are actually four in the fourth edition), “The Doctor’s Opinion,” the “first 164 pages,” and “Appendix II: Spiritual Experience” are “the basic text” of Alcoholics Anonymous Society. The “Big Myth” is contradicted by:
1. A number of the basic meanings of the word “text” in a good dictionary (e.g.: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/text); i.e., the word “text” usually means a book or a manuscript–i.e., the whole thing, not just a portion.

2. The words on the front cover of the dust jacket of the hard back version of the fourth edition of the Big Book (2001)–the first thing that many people would see when they look at a new copy of the current edition of the hard back edition of the Big Book with its original dust jacket on it; i.e.:
Alcoholics Anonymous

This is the Fourth Edition of the Big Book, the Basic Text for Alcoholics Anonymous [highlighting added]
(Again, the whole book is “the basic text.”)

3. The second paragraph of the first page of the Preface in the fourth edition (p. xi) states in part:
. . . this book has become the basic text for our Society . . . [highlighting added]

Food for thought for those who want to know.

Dick B.’s son, Ken


About mauihistorian

Uses pen name Dick B.: Writer, Historian, Retired attorney, Bible student, CDAAC, and active and recovered A.A. member with over 25 years of continuous sobriety. Published 42 titles and over 650 articles on the history of Alcoholics Anonymous and the Christian Recovery Movement. www.dickb.com
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