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Grapevine : April 2011
How sound are these objec- tions? Bill W., writing to a friend in 1959, said that the prayer is of such widespread use and recognition that the argument of its Christian origin seems to be a little far-fetched. He was stating, I believe, that the prayer had become generic and was no lon- ger tied to any specific source. In that sense, the prayer is like the oth- er AA principles, which came from Christian teachings but are now, as Bill stated in 1955 at the second In- ternational Convention of AA, the common property of mankind. In a 1959 letter, Bill also had a PHOTO BY THEO M. aagrapevine.org 47