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Ann Taves

in Revelatory Events: Three Case Studies of the Emergence of New Spiritual Paths

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691131016
eISBN:
9781400884469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691131016.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

In 1934, Bill Wilson (1895–1971), a (failed) stockbroker, had an ecstatic experience of a blinding white light while hospitalized for alcoholism, which he associated with the feeling of a “presence” ... More


Fellowship

Ann Taves

in Revelatory Events: Three Case Studies of the Emergence of New Spiritual Paths

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691131016
eISBN:
9781400884469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691131016.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

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 ... More


Seeking

Ann Taves

in Revelatory Events: Three Case Studies of the Emergence of New Spiritual Paths

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691131016
eISBN:
9781400884469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691131016.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter considers Bill Wilson's personal spiritual journey, focusing on the personal views that he downplayed for the sake of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Personally, Wilson did not view his ... More


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