From the August 2011 magazine.

August 2011: An Atheist Asks

Is our primary purpose to stay sober—or to find faith in a Higher Power?

"As a member of AA, I believe that this is a "we" program."

I am an atheist.

I am also a sober member of AA, and have been for over four years.

The first AA meeting I attended, in Buffalo, N.Y., was one of the most unique and powerful experiences of my life. I have no interest in either promoting or condemning AA. I have seen a good number of people find help in AA. I have also seen a good many people come to AA in desperation, only to walk away frustrated that they could not find the help they needed.

As the years go by, and as I continue attending meetings regularly, I have become aware of certain prevailing attitudes which I...

-- Anonymous