Episode 20: Vic L. and Secular AA

Episode 20: Vic L. and Secular AA

My name is Vic L. and I am definitely an alcoholic. I first went to AA on February 11, 1979 when I was 35 years old. I do not distinguish between alcohol or any other drugs (i.e. pot, cocaine, opiates) or any other “dry goods.” I speak only for…

Episode 19: Step Four: A Searching and Fearless Moral Inventory

Episode 19: Step Four: A Searching and Fearless Moral Inventory

Over the years, I’ve frequently heard in meetings that there’s a reason the steps were written in order. The implication being, that to do them correctly, one must work them sequentially, from one through twelve. I think to a certain extent this is true because the steps are…

Episode 18: Mike M Sobriety and Serenity without God

Episode 18: Mike M Sobriety and Serenity without God

Mike started drinking early in life, and by the age of 18 he had already been to jail and treatment. He loved alcohol and he drank for the effect, but quickly lost all control of his drinking and his life. Married with children, Mike was motivated to stop drinking, but…

Episode 17: We Agnostics, Atheists and Freethinkers International AA Convention

Episode 17: We Agnostics, Atheists and Freethinkers International AA Convention

It was very nice to sit down and visit Dianne P., who is the Chair of the We Agnostics, Atheists and Freethinkers International AA Convention that will be taking place in Austin, Texas from November 11 through November 13 of this year. This is an AA convention that you don…

Episode 16: Spiritual John

Episode 16: Spiritual John

When John H. attended his first A.A. meeting in 1957, he was the youngest person in the room, and the speaker that night was a man in a suit, talking about the business he lost. John’s drinking got bad fast and he was never able to put much…

Episode 15: Step Three with Benn and John

Episode 15: Step Three with Benn and John

At first glance, this step may seem impossible for a nonbeliever. God and the capital “H” in “Him”, make it pretty clear that we will be dealing with the supernatural here. The problem of course is that we are leaving out the most important part — that we made a decision…

Episode 14: A Freethinker in Alcoholics Anonymous

Episode 14: A Freethinker in Alcoholics Anonymous

In this episode John L., the author of A Freethinker in Alcoholics Anonymous joins Kevin P and myself for a conversation about John’s early experiences in A.A., and his thoughts on the fellowship today. John’s sobriety dates back to February of 1968 when he started attending AA…

Episode 13: Steps One and Two with Benn B.

Episode 13: Steps One and Two with Benn B.

In this episode of AA Beyond Belief-The Podcast, we explore the first two steps in AA’s program of recovery. Benn B. from Lincoln, Nebraska joins us for an engaging conversation about these steps from a secular perspective…

Episode 12: Four Elements

Episode 12: Four Elements

Jerry V adapts the “Four Elements of Wretched Old Age” from the Opera L’incoronazione di Popea to his own recovery. The Four Elements of Drunkeness and the Four Elements of his Recovery…

Episode 11: Bob K on Rebellion Dogs Radio

Episode 11: Bob K on Rebellion Dogs Radio

This podcast was produced by Joe C from Rebellion Dogs Radio and we are honored to republish it here on this site. In this episode of Rebellion Dogs Radio, Joe interviews our friend Bob K, author of Key Players in AA History and numerous articles on AA Agnostica and AA…