Christopher M. Finan

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A Big Book Compromise Opens AA to Unbelievers

A Big Book Compromise Opens AA to Unbelievers

In the spring of 1938, the future of the group started by Bill Wilson and Bob Smith three years earlier was very much in doubt.  There were only two meetings–in Akron and New York. Wilson had proposed an ambitious plan for expansion: he wanted to send members on speaking tours around the country and hoped to open medical facilities…

AA’s Declaration of Independence

AA’s Declaration of Independence

God was very much on their minds as Bob Smith and Bill Wilson began their pursuit of drunks in the summer of 1935. As soon as a man told them he wanted to stop drinking, they asked whether he believed in God. Clarence Snyder, an alcoholic from Cleveland, learned this when he found himself in Akron City Hospital in 1938…