Bill W. and Mr. Wilson: the legend and life of A.A.'s by Matthew J. Raphael

By Matthew J. Raphael

William Griffith Wilson, stated through "Time" journal as one of many hundred so much influential participants of the 20 th century, is best referred to as invoice W., cofounder of Alcoholics nameless. during this booklet, Matthew J. Raphael, himself a member of A.A. (and writing the following less than a pseudonym, in keeping with A.A.'s culture of anonymity), offers a revealing new examine either the mythical invoice W. and the personal Mr. Wilson, who attempted to stay except his personal star.

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Most are not; a scowl is their umbrella. The leaders, I realize, must have been chilling here for hours in Page 2 order to hold the coveted vanguard they have seized. A. biker groups. One of them, the coolest dude I have seen, hails from my own environs in upstate New York. A muscular man of average height, thirty-something, with a handlebar mustache and shoulder-length dark hair capped by a knotted red bandanna, he is decked out in blue and black. A sleeveless denim vest, with "The Fifth Chapter" emblazoned on the back, covers a black leather jacket.

For Schweitzer, a believer, regrounding faith in recoverable historical facts was necessary to revitalizing Christian theology in the secular modern age. The quest of the historical Jesus also moved the Oxford Group to emulate, as far as possible, the practices of first-century Christians. A. on their example, Alcoholics Anonymous itself may also be said to have sprung from the root of biblical Higher Criticism. In appropriating Schweitzer's title, my idea was not to suggest some blasphemous equivalence of Bill W.

His self-pity and resentment began to rise. He was lonely. He did not even have his colleagues as weekend company. Saturday noon found him pacing up and down the lobby of the Mayflower Hotel in extreme agitation, wondering how to pass the weekend. He had about ten dollars in his pocket. Now began the personal crisis that was to set in motion a series of life-changing events for Bill. There was a bar at one end of the lobby, and Bill felt himself drawn to it. Should he have a ginger ale or two, perhaps scrape up an acquaintance?

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