A New Way of Attacking God, Jesus Christ, and the Bible in A.A. Today

A New Way of Attacking God, Jesus Christ, and the Bible in A.A. Today

Dick B.
Copyright 2013 Anonymous. All rights reserved

With Dr. Bob, his wife Anne Smith, Henrietta Seiberling, T. Henry Williams, Bill Wilson, Lois Wilson, Sam Shoemaker [and, yes, even Jim B.] all dead and gone, a few AAs are presenting themselves as A.A. historians. And they are running wild with their own versions of what early A.A. was like and what it did and where God, Jesus Christ, and the Bible fit into the picture. http://www.dickb.com/JamesClub.shtml.

Here are some examples of questionable claims being made today::

Jim B. was an atheist (I wouldn’t know. I do know that Bill Wilson told the account of how Jim was denouncing God in meetings; then saw Bill and others praying in the A.A. office; and in the throes of drunkenness, reached out for a Bible in his drunken hole, and changed his tune). Is it really difficult telling all the facts rather than coloring them to suit your bias against “Protestants,” and “Evangelical” whatevers? Nope.

Jim B. later claimed authorship of God as we understood Him. The problem is that Jim B. was not present when the committee of four surrendered to the threats, the pleas, and objections of Bill’s partner and then removed God from the Second Step, and added a phrase which Rev. Shoemaker had been using for years to support his theory that you “found” God by surrendering as much of yourself as you understand to as much of God as you understand. See Shoemaker’s Children of the Second Birth and his 1935 pamphlet “The Way to Find God.”

One historian has now taken up arms against Christians with whom he disagrees by claiming that Jesus Christ was never mentioned in the Big Book. The problem is that the “Big Book” includes all the book—even the parts that were removed from the First Edition for years and years. This advocate should own the truth and point out that every early Akron A.A. accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior; that a reading of the personal stories in the First Edition of the Big Book will provide ample evidence of just how often Jesus WAS mentioned in the Big Book, by Dr. Bob, and by Anne. In fact, A.A. Pamphlet P-53 contains Dr. Bob’s own remarks about his Heavenly Father and the Master.


Some preachers are fond of the saying that a lie gets half way around the world before truth can even get its shirt on. A.A.’s first librarian Ed Andy makes the point in his “45 feathers” story. It’s on video and is worth seeing and listening.

May those who want to know A.A. history spend much time reading the truth about it and spurning the myths that are now being spun by people who never saw nor heard Dr. Bob or the pioneers. Or at least won’t mention it unless they are resurrection specialists!


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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