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12 essays, 11 previously published in scholarly journals, but the author of _Not-God: A History of Alcoholics Anonymous_ and _The Spiritualty of Imperfection_. Among topics are "Bill W. and LSD," "Commentary on 'Lay Treatment,'" "The Spirituality of William James," "Why A.A. Works: The Intellectual Significance of Alcoholics Anonymous," "Research on Alcoholics Anonymous," "Here's to Spuds!"
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Ernie Kurtz received his Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University in 1978. His doctoral dissertation was published as the book Not-God: A History of Alcoholics Anonymous. Since then, he has published The Spirituality of Imperfection, the booklet Shame and Guilt: Characteristics of the Dependency Cycle. He has also published a number of articles, both scholarly and popular, on topics related to his interests and has lectured nationally and internationally on subjects related to the academic study of spirituality.
Dr. Kurtz has taught American History and the History of Religion in America at the University of Georgia and Loyola University of Chicago. From 1978 to 1997, he served on the faculty of the Rutgers University Summer School of Alcohol Studies and from 1987 to 1997 as a lecturer at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. After a brief stint as Director of Research and Education at Guest House, then an alcoholism treatment facility for Catholic clergy, Ernie retired to Ann Arbor, Michigan, and began taking classes in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. He continued to travel widely offering presentations until late 1997, when a botched medical procedure led to spinal surgery that only partially restored his ability to stand and walk.
Noting that "it is ironic that I now walk like a drunk," Ernie now devotes time to the intricacies and possibilities of electronic research in this fieldReview:
"Readers of Not-God and The Spirituality of Imperfection and those of us who have been captivated by the lectures of Ernie Kurtz had long awaited this volume. Here under one cover is Kurtz at his best: historian, gadfly, teacher, interpreter, and master storyteller. Breathtaking in the depth of insight they contain, these are the most definitive essays ever written on Twelve-Step Recovery and Spirituality. This is MUST reading for any student of Alcoholics Anonymous and the evolution of spirituality in America. This book will touch your mind and your heart." -- William White, author Slaying the Dragon: The History of Addiction Treatment in America
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