A.A. History and The James Club
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Many now know that Dr. Bob said early AAs regarded the Book of James, Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount, and 1 Corinthians 13 as absolutely essential. You can find the statement in The Co-Founders of Alcoholics Anonymous: Biographical Sketches Their Last Major Talks. Dr. Bob also stated that the old-timers believed the answers to their problems were in the Bible; and that the basic ideas for the Steps came from the early studies and efforts in the Bible.
Bill Wilson said the Book of James was such a favorite that many early AAs wanted to call the A.A. Society “The James Club.” He and Bob both said that Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount contained the underlying spiritual philosophy of A.A.
For these reasons and because of the fundamental importance of the Bible and the three segments in the founding and development of A.A., I wrote about the foregoing many times. And I finally wrote The James Club and the Original A.A. Program’s Absolute Essentials. www.dickb.com/JamesClub.shtml. My book does a line by line and verse by verse comparison of Big Book words and ideas with the verses in James, Jesus’s Sermon, and 1 Corinthians 13.
Now there is an interesting new website called The James Club. It is historical in nature and, among other things, features a cover picture of www.dickb.com/JamesClub.shtml as well as some quotes about the fellowship’s preferences for that name.
For those who want to learn the fundamentals of A.A. ideas and roots, I would strongly recommend reading the actual Book of James in the Bible, and also my book The James Club. The latter is available through Amazon.com.