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Retirement of the AA Beyond Belief Website

Retirement of the AA Beyond Belief Website

This is the final post for the website AA Beyond Belief. We started this site over five years ago at the urging of Roger C. from AA Agnostica, and it has without a doubt been the single greatest honor of my time in Alcoholics Anonymous. I’m grateful to Roger…

Is There Hope of Preventing or Curing Addiction?

Is There Hope of Preventing or Curing Addiction?

One of my graduate students says, “Please don’t ever set that assignment again.” I am surprised at the anger that my assignment has roused. The course was ‘Stress Management’ – aiming to give self-analysis, coping skills and particularly to acquaint and align students with stress models and encourage them…

Suggestible You

Suggestible You

A fascinating perspective on how it might work is offered by Erik Vance in his absolutely essential, “Suggestible You – The Curious Science Of Your Brain’s Ability To Deceive, Transform, And Heal.” Mr. Vance was brought up in a Christian Science community. As far as I understand it, Christian Science…

Penelope’s Story

Penelope’s Story

This story began forty-five years ago, but to tell it, we need to begin at a more recent point in time in September 2020 when I attended the San Antonio, Mostly Agnostics, A.A., Zoom meeting. I have become a regular attendee because the San Antonians provides an atheist…

A Journal of the Plague Year

A Journal of the Plague Year

I take the title of this essay from the 1722 English work of Daniel Defoe which is a fictionalized account of the last great Bubonic Plague outbreak in London of 1665. I am writing this piece in September of 2020 when the entire world is in the midst of its…

Why Did Sam Harris Stop Making Sense?

Why Did Sam Harris Stop Making Sense?

When astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was asked why people who don’t know the answer to a question still claim they know the answer, he responded, “…It’s called ‘The Argument from Ignorance”…It’s a remarkable thing going on in the human brain. It’s, you don’t know…

Sam Shoemaker

Sam Shoemaker

The basic principles which the Oxford Groupers had taught were ancient and universal ones, the common property of mankind… The early AA got its ideas of self-examination, acknowledgement of character defects, restitution for harm done, and working with others straight from the Oxford Groups and directly from Sam Shoemaker…

Response to the London Islington Agnostic Atheist Freethinkers Group

Response to the London Islington Agnostic Atheist Freethinkers Group

John Huey responds to a letter from the London Islignton Agnostic, Atheist, Freethinkers group about “The God Word” pamphlet…

The “God Word” Delusion: A Response from the London Group

The “God Word” Delusion: A Response from the London Group

The London group who initiated the process of securing the first-ever Conference-approved leaflet for agnostics, atheists, and freethinkers in AA, responds to “The God Word Delusion…

My Story Retold for the 32nd Time

My Story Retold for the 32nd Time

It was 1981, and I was nineteen years old and in my sophomore year at the University of Kansas, where I was living in a fraternity house. I was responsible for stocking the fraternity’s beer machine, actually an old soda machine that I would load with bottles of Coors…