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Topic: Atheism/Agnosticism
The journey toward a Higher Power comes quickly for some, slower for others
I do not intend to offend those who believe in a God or have spiritual faith in a “Higher Power.” I believe that most religions or faiths are good if their principles are love, compassion and comfort...
Is our primary purpose to stay sober—or to find faith in a Higher Power?
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....
A member sets out to tell his story without trying to make it more interesting and entertaining than it really was
As I approach my 34th year of continuous sobriety in AA, I have begun to take a closer look at my "story". In the past, I don't think that I lied, but I may have exaggerated some events or...
Working the program worked for her when nothing else did
After almost 40 years of drinking, I was suddenly forgetting everything I said and did the night before. I could no longer hold my liquor and my memory was fast becoming a thing of the past. I knew I...
An agnostic discovers his place in the Fellowship
After being in and around the AA program for more than 30 years, I now have 17 years of continuous sobriety. I was not able to get sober and stay sober until I became honest with myself about “the...
I am a sober atheist with 25 years of sobriety. I have a Higher Power. What I lack is a definition. I found the AA program in the treatment center I attended. My trouble with “God as we understood...
'Mandatory' AA Challenged
Many of these items are contrary to AA philosophy. Their publication here does not mean that the Grapevine endorses or approves them; they are offered solely for your information. Mandatory...
. . .God as we understand Him
The Grapevine receives a number of manuscripts which go quite deeply into spiritual awakenings, often including religious conversions or reconversions, which individual AA members have experienced....
This self-proclaimed unbeliever has a three-point program that works for him and, he hopes, might help others - The Search for Spiritual Experience
FOURTEEN years ago, I attended my first meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. I was looking for freedom from fear and alcohol. The struggle has often been discouraging, but worth every minute of it. Some...
The Steps were translated into terms that I, an atheist, could understand
IN THE DAYS after I first came to AA, I thought often of what Thomas Carlyle said upon hearing that a certain lady had declared, "I accept the universe." "Egad," he said, "she'd better!" These lines...

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