It's historic. AA was originally an offshoot from the Oxford Groups in the 1930s, which was a Christian organisation. Roland Hazard was a member of the Oxford Groups. He was alcoholic, and took his problem to the world-famous psychiatrist Karl Jung, who outlined to him the spiritual solution he had heard about but never been able to get working. Roland recovered, brought this recovery message back to the Oxford Groups, and went to court to present a new idea for helping the alcoholic Ebby T.Soberguy27 wrote: I had a new comer ask me why we say christian prayers if aa is not religious.
Meanwhile, Bill W had visited with Dr Silkworth, who defined the alcoholic problem but had no soiution to offer. Ebby eventually visited with Bill to offer that solution, as given to him by Roland. So Bill joined the Oxford Groups, but soon realised that their particular brand of Christianity was unlikely to work (because they dealt in absolutes, whereas the only one your average alcoholic can achieve is absolutely drunk).
Bill eventually met Dr Bob, and AA was born. But for the next few years, the Big Book was not yet written. For Dr Bob, this wasn't a problem as he was already a member of the Oxford movement before ever meeting Bill, and he was devoutly religious, therefore he was able to use the King James Bible to help alcoholics until the Big Book was published.
Roland was never a member of AA. He and others were content to stay with the Oxford Groups. He brought the solution to Ebby, who brought it to Bill. Bill brought a clearer definition of the problem into AA from Dr Silkworth. So Bill combined Silkworth's description of the problem, with Roland's description of the solution, embodied in his original 6 Steps (which he later expanded to 12). Dr Bob brought much of the action in working with other alcoholics, using Christian principles as the basis for recovery.
Quite soon after all this, an agnostic came in and presented the concept of "God of our own understanding". So any expectation of a specifically Christian conception of a Higher Power was discarded. Christian prayers, however, remained as part of the structure.
For more info, check out Appendix II in the Big Book, the chapter "Bill's Story", and the bit in chapter 7 where it says the newcomer may choose any conception of God he likes provided it makes sense to him.
Maybe that's code for "I don't know but my ego won't let me admit as much".Soberguy27 wrote: He said he had asked someone else at a meeting and just got an earful of because aa is spiritual and that means that most people in aa are christians.