This book explores the relationship of clergy to Twelve Step programs. Field research of pastors in the Florida Keys found that they are unsure if addiction is a disease or a sin, and whether the Twelve Steps are based on Christianity. Lessons learned include the validity of both traditional Twelve Step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Christ-centered programs such as Celebrate Recovery, the coherence of sin and disease explanations of addiction, and the significance of modern addiction theory. The specific outcome of this study is the development of a course syllabus for clergy on addiction recovery through Twelve Step philosophy. ""The consequence of this carefully designed research project is to extrapolate from what was learned, to create a syllabus that takes into consideration the history, the scientific research done on addiction and recovery as well as the theological framework articulated from a Christian perspective. The author does an excellent job of defining his intent and purpose and providing data from his research to make a strong case for educating clergy who are on the front lines of this battle with one of the nation's most devastating problems."" --Robert H. Albers, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Pastoral Care at United Theological Seminary, Twin Cities ""Anonymous Christians
Anonymous Christians was published by Resource Publications in November 2017. The ISBN for Anonymous Christians is 9781532634598.