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A.A. is not a religious organization.  Alcoholics Anonymous has only one requirement for membership, and that is the desire to stop drinking.  There is room in A.A. for people of all shades of belief and non-belief.

As A.A. co-founder Bill W. wrote in 1965:

     “We have atheists and agnostics.  We have people of nearly every race, culture and religion.  In A.A. we are supposed to be bound together in the kinship of a common suffering.  ……..Let us not, therefore, pressure anyone with our individual or even our collective views.”

I did realize, however, that I had a faith all along – not in a magic man in the sky, but in the power of nature.  If I cut my hand, the cut will heal all by itself as long as I keep it clean.  My body has been busy healing, recovering from the damage caused by alcohol.  I believe that this also applies to my psychological well-being.  With the help of the human power of compassion and unconditional support I get from the members of this Fellowship and the tools of the Twelve Step program, I can give this healing process a chance.  It is certainly a power greater than myself.         – Sheila

For some of us, reaching an atheistic position is one of the few spiritually honest things we ever did.  Our minds may be more open than many think.  I attend numerous A.A. meetings, and one theme always stands out in my mind: many stories are about particular alcoholics who have found their places in life and, more important, in A.A., and in each case, there is a fight, a surrender and an acceptance.      – Johnny


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