Jim W wrote:Sorry for the long delay. I've been working a lot, too much in fact.
Anyway, I hope I can clarify what I meant by spiritual recovery.
In the second forward, Bill mentions that although he couldn't agree with all the Oxford Group's tenets, he saw the need for inventory, confession, restitution, belief in and dependance on God, and service to others. Basically, our A.A. program.
In Akron, the early members adhered pretty rigoursly to these practices, hence the much higher recovery rate. In fact, in Dr. Bob and The Good Old-Timers, it is mentioned that meetings were important, but not vital. The ones who got drunk were the ones who neglected their spiritual life.
Meanwhile, in NYC, it was different. The early A.A.'s there did not adhere too much to Oxford Group practices. It was much more fellowship based. And Bill, in his efforts to keep everyone happy, let members like Jim B. and Hank P. sway him away from the full on approach. And the recovery rate was much lower. That was why Bill wrote that letter to Gracie Snyder.
These days, the felloowship based, go to a lot meetings approach is the prevaleant one. Read a little piece called "Gresham's Law and Alcoholics Anonymous." It spells it out.
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