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Revelatory EventsThree Case Studies of the Emergence of New Spiritual Paths$
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Ann Taves

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780691131016

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691131016.001.0001

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(p.110) Chapter 5 Fellowship
Revelatory Events

Ann Taves

Princeton University Press

This chapter traces the growing distinction between Bill Wilson's personal spirituality and the generic spirituality of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) through a focus on the emergence of the Twelve Steps and the Twelve Traditions. As a spiritual path, AA centers on the Twelve Steps as worked in the context of groups that maintain their unity through their embrace of the Twelve Traditions. Taken together the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions simultaneously position AA as a fellowship that is compatible—but not aligned—with either “organized religion” or “organized medicine” and grounds the recovery of the individual and the unity of the organization in the spiritual principle of anonymity.

Keywords:   Alcoholics Anonymous, AA, Bill Wilson, Twelve Steps, Twelve Tradition, spirituality, anonymity

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