(Long Form) Our membership ought to include all who suffer from alcoholism. Hence we may refuse none who wish to recover. Nor ought A.A. membership ever depend upon money or conformity. Any two or three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation."
Conformity certainly comes into it.
Not to mention things like the Basilisk Lizard.
Ember has a good rant on this over at Kindred of the Quiet Way (about God's ways not being our ways, not Basilisk Lizards!)
Very similar to AA. If you think you are a Julian Meeting then that’s fine. It costs £6 a year to register as a Julian Meeting.
Let’s have a go at Tradition 3. Remembering Dr Bob’s last words in 1950. “"But there are two or three things …on which it would be fitting to lay a little emphasis; one is the simplicity of our Program. Let's not louse it all up with Freudian complexes and things that are interesting to the scientific mind, but have very little to do with our actual AA work. Our 12 Steps, when simmered down to the last, resolve themselves into the words love and service. We understand what love is and we understand what service is. So let's bear those two things in mind.”
In response to the question ‘what must we do to inherit eternal life’. Jesus asks ‘what do you think the law says’. The response – "He answered: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbour as yourself.' 'You have answered correctly', Jesus replied. 'Do this and you will live'."
In Luke 10: 25-37 we have the story of the Good Samaritan, the answer to the question ‘who is my neighbour?’