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The Recovery Movement: Recovering God, Recovering Self

Cristopher D. Ringwald

in The Soul of Recovery

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780195147681
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849338 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195147681.003.0009
The Recovery Movement: Recovering God, Recovering Self

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Millions of people who—after having attended several sessions at Twelve-Step fellowships, meditation circles, and other such support groups and therapeutic communities—share certain assumptions about a spiritual life and self-improvement. Although they may have come from different backgrounds and cultures, they all agree on one thing—how spirituality in their lives has become an effective agent in their lives. The recovery movement may be associated with having some religious features, but this movement is originally aimed at being antireligious and nonreligious in nature. The fundamental idea that its clients have to remember is that each one of them is not God. They also maintain that they do not necessarily have to develop a belief in a God of some sorts. This chapter explains how this movement and other modes of treatment have come up with a practical spirituality that would suit the modern age.

Keywords: support groups; recovery movement; spirituality; God; practical spirituality; nonreligious nature

Chapter.  11721 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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