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Here’s a curiosity in the history of the 12 steps. Lois Wilson’s grandfather, the Rev. N.C. Burnham was a Swedenborgian Christian and wrote a book about the stages in the processes of “Regeneration” and “Glorification.” It’s worth a browse (complete with many illustrations), and gives a sense of the spiritual environment of New England at that time.
Much has been written (and speculated) about the involvement of early AAs with various elements of Spiritualism and New Thought. This book at least provides some sense of the religious thinking in Lois’s family.
For those new to Swedenborgianism, a quick trip to wikipedia might be productive. You can find out about Emanuel Swedenborg here (link) and read about his influence on Spiritualism here (link). For further information, check in with the Swedenborg Foundation (link).
Lois’s Grandfather’s book can be downloaded as a pdf or read online courtesy of theisticscience.org (link).
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