[Alcoholics Anonymous] slowly exposed people to the notion that they could get the power of God [higher power] without the dogma, the doctrine, and the outdated rules. Without the church, in fact. It was a kind of mini-Reformation, cutting out yet another middleman between ordinary people and God. Only it just wasn’t the pope being eliminated this time. It was the preacher and the Bible….
—Christine Wicker (Reporter for the Dallas Morning News, writer).