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Alcoholics Anonymous as a spiritual experience
December 14th, 2010
06:03 PM ET

Alcoholics Anonymous as a spiritual experience

Only the first of the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous mentions alcohol. The other 11 talk about redemption, restoring moral character, and devotion to God (or other higher power).

From that perspective, it makes sense that a new study finds that Alcoholics Anonymous increases spirituality. But it goes further than that: Spirituality may actually play a role in successful recovery from alcoholism, says research in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

The way that Alcoholics Anonymous members share their experiences of suffering is akin to what happens in a military unit or a musical group or a family, where the idea of "we’re all in this together" becomes particularly strong, said Keith Humphreys, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University.

Read the full story on AA and spirituality here on CNN's medical blog The Chart.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief

My Take: Are the Ten Commandments still relevant?
December 14th, 2010
02:12 PM ET

My Take: Are the Ten Commandments still relevant?

Editor's Note: David Hazony is the author of "The Ten Commandments: How Our Most Ancient Moral Text Can Renew Modern Life" (Scribner, 2010).

By, David Hazony, Special to CNN

Every time I walk into a house of worship I’ve never been to, the first thing I look for is the local version of the Two Tablets.

Synagogues and churches almost always have them: rocky towering things, sleek minimalist icons, retro-embroidery. Some have numerals representing the Ten Commandments, some a word or two, others nothing at all.

Public buildings often have them, too: The U.S. Supreme Court has a frieze that includes Moses and the tablets—like a piece from a majestic chess set depicting our civilization’s heroes, it suggests something powerful about where we’ve come from.

FULL POST

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Art • Belief • Egypt • Ethics • God • Moses

Bush opens up on Billy Graham, prayer
December 14th, 2010
02:00 PM ET

Bush opens up on Billy Graham, prayer

Former President George W. Bush has given plenty of interviews around the release of his new book "Decision Points," but the one airing today on the radio show Focus on the Family is different. In it, Bush - one of the most openly religious presidents in recent history - speaks freely about such faith-related issues as how his mother’s miscarriage shaped his opposition to abortion and how the Rev. Billy Graham helped him to quit drinking and led him to Jesus.

The Graham story was a mainstay of Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign, when Bush strenuously courted evangelical leaders and voters.  These days, Bush is dishing out details of his experience with Graham, like how the future president was actually drunk when the two met at George H.W. Bush’s compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. The story is also in the book and in an interview with Focus on the Family he provides further details.

FULL POST

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Politics

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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.

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