Although somewhat known for dogma – actually has gone out of the way to NOT be dogmatic.
Everything is languaged from a place of suggestion as opposed to declarative statements for how you are supposed to be.
When you see it in the literature of Alcoholics Anonymous, you notice that these were people who were not only NOT particularly dogmatic, but they were also sensitive to the fact that people would be sensitive to dogma.
I am half African-American, and when I read the core text, the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, I’m shocked that the word “negro” isn’t in there.
It’s 1936, pre-civil-rights-movement. It says nothing about who can come and who can’t…
So there is dogma in the 12-steps, it’s not my cup of tea, but it largely has to do with the personalities that exist in certain meetings within the fellowship.
- DOGMA IN AA: TRUSTING IN THE SPIRIT OF REALITY
- HOW TO DEAL WITH DOGMA IN TRADITIONAL 12-STEP RECOVERY
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