In his new book “Superstition”, Professor of Physics Robert L. Park wastes no time in drawing the hard & fast distinction between scientific ‘faith’ & spiritual ‘faith’:
“In the Concise Oxford English Dictionary that I keep on my desk:
faith (n.) 1 complete trust or confidence. 2 strong belief in a religion, based on spiritual conviction rather than proof.
Some dictionaries break it down into finer variations, but these two meanings are all I need to make my point: scientists use the word ‘faith’ to express their confidence that the laws of nature will prevail, beginning with the law of cause & effect. The religious use of ‘faith’ implies belief in a higher power [italics added] that makes things happen independent of a physical cause. This defines supersition. The two meanings of faith are not only different, they are exact opposites.” (“Superstition”, Robert L. Park, PhD; pp 5 – 6)
Any hospital, medical center, treatment center, or tax-funded shelter that seeks to heavily utilize both the 12-step method (decidedly based in a ‘higher power’ theology — superstition) while defining itself as employing legitimate ‘medical’ & ‘scientific’ techniques is a sham.
AA readily uses the term ‘disease’ to define alcoholism (and it has done so in print — please read the first paragraph of the AAWS pamplet “Is AA For You?” — available at meetings & AA’s website), its members readily & often use the term in meetings, & AA apologists all over the web are happy to use the doubletalk of the Big Book (“illness” & ‘spiritual disease’) while also invoking the AMA’s “disease” definition. But when it comes to a scientific approach to researching & treating this “disease”, they insist that “millions” have been saved by AA’s tried & true 12-step method — that no further research is necessary. AAWS, of course, will provide no official data to substantiate this ‘millions saved’ claim, neither will it engage in the ‘outside controversy’ of officially labelling alcoholism as a ‘disease’ or ‘not a disease’.
Because AAWS is in the business of selling superstition & dogma to the vulnerable. Their claim of offering a ‘spiritual solution’ to a legitimately medical problem is charlatanism of the most venal nature.
It may take some time, but AA will go the way of blood-letting & snake oil. Historically, superstition has no legs: From the de-throning of Zeus to the contemporary era’s absurdly lopsided wins over “intelligent design” in court, in an age of fMRI’s & finer understandings of neurology & addiction AA has painted itself into a corner.
Its ‘spiritual disease’ is pure caveman superstition. And its days are numbered.