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of the most significant redemptive movements of our time
is expressed in a large book of testimonies called Alcoholics
Anonymous. It is written with the enthusiastic flair of
discovery though its main thesis is as old as the history
of Christian redemption.
is a disease. Physicians and psychiatrists have been working
on it for years. It is a disease with an increasing prevalence.
Many practicing physicians write it off as incurable. The
present movement began with an individual who had been given
up by the practitioners as hopeless. He was converted to
religion and began to work out the practical effects of
his conversion by trying to help other alcoholics. This
method was found amazingly successful and has some of the
professional physicians mystified. These alcoholics find
that they need spiritual support and that their own cures
are best secured by helping others with like affliction.
They are forming an informal group of the saved. It is a
movement worth encouraging.