Alcoholics Anonymous: Cult or Cure? by Charles Bufe

By Charles Bufe

This good researched, painstakingly documented booklet offers precise details at the right-wing evangelical association (Oxford crew circulation) that gave delivery to AA; the relation of AA and its software to the Oxford staff flow; AA's similarities to and variations from non secular cults; AA's awesome ineffectiveness; and the choices to AA. The drastically elevated moment version features a new bankruptcy on AA's courting to the remedy undefined, and AA's notable effect within the media.

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Bob Smith was busy in Akron attending to the day-to-day business of searching out and attempting to sober up drunks. The usual procedure was for Dr. Smith and the other reformed drunks to visit a hospitalized alcoholic, give him the "facts" on alcoholism, tell their stories, and ask him he wanted to quit drinking and was willing to do what was necessary to stop. 44 Alcoholics Anonymous: Cult or Cure? If he was, Dr. Bob would make him get out of bed, get on his knees, and "surrender" to God. Those who for some reason were not hospitalized were forced at their first Oxford Group meeting to go to an upstairs room with Dr.

A few even objected to the use of the word "God," but they were outvoted. Some concessions, however, were made to nonbelievers—the elimination of the offensive words in step 7, the additions of the words "as we understood Him" after the word "God" in steps 3 and 11, and the substitution of the phrase "a Power greater than ourselves" for the word "God" in step 2. " The changes made to the steps were relatively insignificant, but the prefacing statement was important. ) It's interesting to note that in the "Big Book" Bill Wilson gives no credit whatsoever to the Oxford Groups as the source of the AA program, even though every single one of the 12 steps is directly traceable to Buchman's teachings.

64-65. 26. html 27. Op. , p. 55. 28. For a fuller description of these events see Driberg, op. , pp. 105-111. See also Clark, op. , p. 81; Drawing Room Conversion: A Sociological Account of the Oxford Group Movement, by Allan W. Eister. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 1950, pp. 62-63; "Less Buchmanism," Tune, November 24, 1941, pp. 59-60; and "Buchman's Kampf," Time January 18, 1943, pp. 65-66. 29. The actual numbers are Jan. 1929-June 1932, 3 articles; July 1932-June 1935, 38 articles;July 1935-June 1937, 12 articles;July 1937-June 1939, 12 articles;July 1939-June 1941, 5 articles;July 1941-June 1943, 5 articlesjjuly 1943-June 1945, zero articles.

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