Friday, January 19, 2007

Dick B.'s Personal A.A. History Blog

For 18 years, I have been researching, analyzing, publishing, and disseminating information about the early history and spiritual roots of A.A. I have previously established and still maintain through my webmanager TerryDunford the following sites: http://www.dickb.com/index.shtml; http://www.dickb-blog.com;
http://freedomranchmaui.org; and http://aa-history.com/bookstore. In all, these various sites cover just about every aspect of the many contributing roots of the early A.A. program--United Christian Endeavor, The Salvation Army, Rescue and Gospel Missions, the Bible (which AAs affectionately called "Good Book"), the theory of the famed psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung that alcoholism could be cured by a conversion, the verification of this idea by Professor William James of Harvard whose great treatise Varieties of Religious Experience documented the many cures through conversion in rescue missions and elsewhere, the role of Rowland Hazard in passing this information along both to Ebby Thacher (Bill Wilson's sponsor) and to Bill Wilson himself at a later point, the role of Rowland and Ebby in acquiring information about the Oxford Group's life-changing program and passing this along to Wilson, the role of Ebby Thacher in witnessing to Bill Wilson that he (Ebby) had gone to the altar at Calvary Rescue Mission in New York, been converted, "got religion," and had been cured--affirming to Bill that God had done for Ebby what Ebby could not do for himself, the message which Bill received from his psychiatrist William Duncan Silkworth, M.D., at least as early as Bill's third visit to Towns Hospital (where Silkworth was chief psychiatrist) that Bill cured by cured by the Great Physician Jesus Christ--a message confirmed by Norman Vincent Peale in his book The Positive Power of Jesus Christ, the consequent decision and action of Bill Wilson in going to Calvary Rescue Mission, attending the service, going to the altar and making a decision for Christ, anouncing that he too had "got religion," been "born again" for sure, and been converted, Bill's meandering drunk to Towns Hospital where he met Dr. Silkworth again for the fourth time, said he felt if there were a Great Physician he should call on him, was visited by Ebby Thacher and reviewed some Oxford Group life-changing principles, and then decided to call on the Great Physician, crying out "If there be a God, let him show himself now," which was followed by Bill's oft-told "hot flash" conversion--an event which closely resembled the conversion of Bill's grandfather Willie Wilson in East Dorset Vermont, when Willie was converted on Mount Aeolus, rushed to the local Congregational Church, announced that he had been saved, and never drank again for the rest of his life.
Bill reported his own conversion to Silkworth and later to his wife Lois. Both confirmed to Bill their belief that he certain had experienced a conversion. Ebby gave Bill a copy of the William James title where such experiences are voluminously described. Bill "devoured" the book and spent the greater part of the day studying it. At the conclusion, Bill announced that James had verified that such conversions were genuine and hence verified that a conversion could cure alcoholism--Bill proving the point for himself by never drinking again for the rest of his life. This conversion idea became the cornerstone for Bill's theory on the "solution" for alcoholism; and he went around (page 191 of his Big Book) telling everyone that the Lord had been so wonderful to him, curing him of the terrible disease, that he just wanted to tell everyone about it. These details are revealed, in many cases, for the first time in the title just released by Paradise Research Publications, Inc.: "The Conversion of Bill W." by Dick B. See http://www.dickb.com/titles.shtml.

Other factors have emerged from the research about the work of Bill and Bob together in Akron, about the successful experiment in Akron by their Christian Fellowship--a 75% documented success rate, and the 7 point program that was described in detail by A.A. trustee-to-be Frank Amos, reported to John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and later published in A.A.'s DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers.
These details are verified and amplified with other facts by my titles: Making Known the Biblical History and Roots of A.A.; The Good Book and The Big Book; The Akron Genesis of Alcoholics Anonymous; Dr. Bob and His Library, The Books Early AAs Read for Spiritual Growth, Why Early A.A. Succeeded, Cured!, When Early AAs Were Cured and Why, The First Nationwide Alcoholics Anonymous History Conference, Henrietta Seiberling: Ohio's Lady with a Cause; The James Club and the Original A.A. Program's Absolute Essentials; The Good Book-Big Book Guidebook; A New Way In; A New Way Out; Real Twelve Step Fellowship History; Turning Point: A History of Early A.A. Spiritual Roots and Successes; God and Alcoholiswm; The Golden Text of A.A.; and Utlizing Early A.A.'s Spiritual Roots for Recovery Today.

I have encouraged AAs and 12 Step people to incorporate a segment of this A.A. history in their own programs, their groups, their meetings, their recovery programs, and their writings. For without this knowledge, AAs today are lacking a full understanding of how and why their original program worked with astonishing success and how and why it has diminished in success today for a variety of reasons, not the least of which has been its turn from the Creator, His Son, the Bible, and conversion to a secular, universalized, illusory deity or downright unbelief. These points, along with the role of Anne Ripley Smith, the Oxford Group, and Rev. Samuel M. Shoemaker, Jr., in the Big Book program that evolved and chanaged the picture, are covered in my titles New Light on Alcoholism, Anne Smith's Journal 1933-1939, Good Morning: Quiet Time, The Morning Watch, Meditation, and Early A.A., By the Power of God, and The Oxford Group and Alcoholics Anonymous, and Twelve Steps for You.

To make this important and large body of material available to individuals, groups, programs, therapists, scholars, and history writers, I have provided for selling a 25 volume reference set including almost all the foregoing titles for the much discounted price of $299.95 which includes free shipping. It can be purchased through our bookstore: http://aa-history.com/bookstore.

The long-awaited and much needed comprehensive historical research and publication--something that is simply not a part of the A.A. mission at GSO--is now close to complete. It remains for those who really want to save lives through the power of God as the pioneers did in Akron to have this life-long recovery resource and use it piece by piece to study and disseminated the astonishing story of Real Twelve Step Fellowship History.

More to come. And more available. God Bless, DickB. dickb@dickb.com.

4 comments:

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Esther said...

If Bill wilson was ever in any way a "christian" he would have recanted the 12 steps and admited that they came from demons.He would have repented and rewrote the big book of heresy.Instead he CHOSE to cheat on his wife,hence the 13th step.He smoked untill his dying day,he couldnt even work his own stupid program.You can go to altars all you want,that doesnt make you saved.AA is a dangerous cult that has destroyed countless marriages with its false doctrine.The simple fact that JESUS isnt mentioned even ONCE in the big book of crap says alot.His book continues to decieve people leading them to believe that you can get to God without Christ.10 bucks says the cheating bastard is burning in hell.Addiction is DEMONIC...period.Try reading an actual bible.My hubby brought AA crap home and I promptly disposed of it.I now know of 2 people who died as a result of seeking out 12 step garbage.I know of several people who are now divorced after being recruited into the cult of the century.
How many AAers does it take to change a light bulb.
One he holds on to the bulb and expects the world to revolve around him.
THATS SO TRUE ITS SICKENING.
The claim of powerlessness is nothing more than a pitiful excuse to justify bad behavior.How many pedophiles sit in AA feeling completely justified because they had the "I'm powerless" EXCUSE.
My Father in law will never EVER be allowed to spend ONE SECOND alone with my children because of that one EXCUSE.Nice CULT!!!!

Esther said...

Ah yes,we cant forget Hazeldens delusional crap for the day.

For awhile, we are going back to the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous, and pick out passages here and there, so that they may become fixed in our minds, a little at a time, day by day, as we go along. There is no substitute for reading the Big Book. It is our "BIBLE." We should study it thoroughly and make it a part of ourselves. We should not try to change any of it. Within its covers is the full exposition of the A.A. program. There is NO SUBSTITUTE for it. We should study it often. Have I studied the Big Book faithfully?

WHAT HERESY...
I'm having to seriously wonder which God hazelden refers too.It certainly isnt the God of the bible.Perhaps the folks at hazelden have never read Psalms 119.Hazelden and AA have repeatedly proven itself to be doctrine of the anti-christ.Their gospel is one of compromise.They are leading people astray.

Hebrews 4:12For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Jesus the Great High Priest 14Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens,Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. 16Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Esther said...

Most people in AA will claim to have an allergy
So theyre saying that the only way to avoid this so-called allergy is to go to meetings and read the big book.Pretty odd way to deal with a "medical condition". So theyre saying that alcoholism is an allergy,its genetic and spiritual.Well first of all it would be the only gene caused by something on a shelf and the act of buying it.It would be the only allergy that created an urge to use more and it would be the only so called allergy caused by character defects.If its an allergy then people should be sent to a naturapath,if its a gene someone would have found it by now,if it was a character defect everyone would be raving drunks because nobody is perfect.So which it it.A medical condition or a spiritual condition.It cant be both.Ever hear of Ockham's razor it is the idea that in trying to understand something, getting unnecessary information out of the way is the fastest way to the truth or to the best explanation.There is no gene so alcoholism cant be a disease.The diseased theory was the invention of a man,he had no scientific basis to back it up,there still isnt.There is no scientific evidence of an allergy other than a psychological response to something you believe will kill you.Saying that God blessed you with this supposed disease so you can help other diseased people is just lame.So its pretty safe to say the alcoholism is purely behavioral.
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Where is the scientific evidence to back up the allergy theory.Bob Smith came up with the disease theory with nothing to back it up.The guy was a friggen ass doctor.Outside of AA writtings there is nothing to back up this theory.If anything the disease theory has been disproven over and over again.There is no allergy to alcohol that makes someone go bonkers and crave a drink.

"Bill listened, entranced, as Silkworth explained his theory. For the first time in his life, Bill was hearing about alcoholism not as a lack of willpower, not as a moral defect, but as a legitimate illness. It was Dr. Silkworth's theory -- unique at the time -- that alcoholism was the combination of this mysterious physical "allergy" and the compulsion to drink; that alcoholism could no more be "defeated" by willpower than could tuberculosis. Bill's relief was immense."
{NOW BILL FELT THAT COULDNT BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR ABUSING HIS WIFE.}
PASS IT ON': The story of Bill Wilson and how the A.A. message reached the world, Authorship credited to 'anonymous', actually written by A.A.W.S. staff, page 102.

"...an absolutely unselfish wife must endure, year in and year out, the persecution of a drunkard. She must never assert herself, never speak harshly to him, never protest when he revolts her sensibilities, terrifies her children, turns her house into a lunatic asylum, gambles away her money. 'It is not him,' she must say. 'It is a disease.' Or again: 'I took him for better or for worse; I must endure to the end.'"
WHAT A LOAD OF CRAP.