Pro A.A. author Dick B. writes that a scholar scolded him for “overlooking the New Thought ideas in A.A.’s early years. He even bought me the Portable Emerson. He told me I needed to learn about this father of New Thought and Transcendentalism. He also suggested I read the Big Book with a greater focus on Emersonian ideas.” 
So Dick B. began to study up–something that he should have done years earlier when he first realized the early A.A. members read New Thought authors such as Emmet Fox and Glenn Clark.
At any rate, Dick B. writes, “…I came eventually to see a real unity among [A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson's] unusual references to ‘Fourth Dimension,’ ‘choosing your own conception of God,’ ‘Power greater than ourselves,’ ‘Higher Power,’ ‘Creative Intelligence,’ ‘Spirit of the Universe,’ ‘Realm of the Spirit,’ ‘God consciousness,’ ‘Great Reality,’ and ‘Infinite Power and Love.’” 
Then, Dick B. attempts to make a separation between Wilson’s use of New Thought terminology and concepts in the Big Book, and the supposedly Christian roots of early A.A. in Akron. He writes, “Such capitalized references strongly suggested to me that Wilson had, for sure, picked up a lingo, totally new and different from that he had gleaned … from the Smiths in Akron. As he penned the Big Book, he used language you didn’t see or hear when you looked at Akron A.A. And you just can’t square the New Thought stuff with what Bill heard and absorbed from the Bible in his early Akron days.” 
If you are one of the people who has been following the Dick B./New Thought/A.A. trail on this blog for the last month or so, you know that we have now quoted Dick B. a number of times about the New Thought influence in early A.A. in Akron. We have quoted Dick B. to demonstrate that Dick B. himself has documented repeatedly how early A.A used New Thought material–in both New York and Akron.
Dick B. states Alcoholics Anonymous co-founders Bill Wilson and the Akron-based Dr. Bob Smith “favored the writings“ of Emmet Fox.  And, in his book, The Akron Genesis of Alcoholics Anonymous, Dick B. writes, “Bob E., Clarence S., and Al L., all Akron [A.A.] oldtimers of the 1930s, mentioned the importance of James Allen’s As A Man Thinketh, Fox’s Sermon [On The Mount], and Drummond’s book on Corinthians.” (pg.213) (bold mine)
As covered elsewhere, the New Thought book by Emmet Fox denies that the Plan of Salvation can be found in the Bible. (Read) It is a Christ denying book, yet was a favorite in early A.A.
Dr. Bob Smith, who Dick B. continues to portray as a biblical Christian, was at least as involved with New Thought concepts as Bill Wilson. According to author Trysh Travis, Dr. Bob “attended the New Thought retreats known as Camps Farthest Out, and followed the teachings of the Unity Church as well as various Theosophical leaders.” 
Travis refers to a “box of Dr. Bob’s personal effects in Brown University’s Hay Library contain[ing] a carefully maintained clipping file documenting New Thought lectures in and around Akron, as well as publications from Theosophical and Unity Church publishers from around the Midwest. Dr. Bob Archives, John Hay Library, Brown University, Box 2.” 
Travis further notes that Bill Wilson’s secretary Nell Wing provided a list of the books read by early A.A. members–and only three of them were not New Thought books. 
Why is this important? Why all this effort and energy to correct Dick B.? Very simply, the purpose of Alcoholics Anonymous and the twelve steps has always been to weaken the Body of Christ, and to point unbelievers away from the Savior. Its origin is unholy. Men like William James, Emanuel Swedenborg, Emmet Fox, Carl Jung, Glenn Clark and others have had a spiritual influence on A.A. and/or the twelve steps–but not a biblical influence.
As the false church continues to rise, contemplative prayer and the twelve steps will be integral in its religious practices. Indeed, take a look around. The remnant is being warned–yes, warned–about this deceptive spiritual system. As always, the Lord is giving his people the knowledge to do what is right in His eyes.
If you are involved in twelve step spirituality, I ask that you investigate what I am saying. Compare A.A. to the Bible’s instruction. And carefully, carefully, examine the claims of Dick B. and others. The kindest thing you could do is to pray for him.
Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling. (Proverbs 16:18)
Here are a number of Dick B.’s quotes:
The Sermon on the Mount by Emmet Fox – “Dr. Bob often read and recommended this Emmet Fox book.” (Dick B., Dr. Bob and His Library: A Major A.A. Spiritual Source, pg. 42) (bold mine)
“…the fact is that Dr. Bob did read and recommend Fox’s The Sermon on the Mount. And Dr. Bob owned and read several other Fox books and pamphlets.” (Dick B., Dr. Bob and His Library: A Major A.A. Spiritual Source, pg. 67) (bold mine)
Dick B. also lets us know that, “Early A.A. used Emmet Fox’s The Sermon on the Mount, Oswald Chamber’s Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, E. Stanley Jones’s The Christ of the Mount, and Glenn Clark’s books to help them study and interpret Matthew Chapters Five to Seven.” (Dick B., Utilizing Early A.A.’s Spiritual Roots for Recovery Today, pg. 11)
According to Dick B., “Dr. Bob studied specific commentaries on The Sermon on the Mount by Oswald Chambers, Glenn Clark, Emmet Fox, and E. Stanley Jones.” (Dick B., When Early A.A.’s Were Cured And Why, pg. 75) (bold mine)
At the risk of seeming redundant, why would Dr. Bob study a heretic’s commentary? Why would he recommend Fox’s heretical book? Well, if Dr. Bob had been a blood bought Christian, he absolutely wouldn’t have. But Dr. Bob was not a Christian, so he did.
1. Dick B., Henrietta B. Seiberling: Ohio’s Lady With A Cause, pg. 19
5. Dick B., The Akron Genesis of Alcoholics Anonymous, pg. 213
6. Trysh Travis, Language of the Heart: A Cultural History of the Recovery Movement from Alcoholics Anonymous to Oprah, pg. 75
7. Ibid., pg. 292
8. Ibid., pg. 292
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