Great Throughts Treasury

This site is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Alan William Smolowe who gave birth to the creation of this database.

Leo Booth

Episcopal Priest, Ordained Unity Minister, Author, Recovering Alcoholic, Author, Lecturer

"Religious addiction is using God, the Church, or a belief system as an escape from reality, in an attempt to find or elevate a sense of self-worth or well-being... It is the ultimate form of co-dependency - feeling worthless in and of ourselves and looking outside for something or someone to tell us we are worthwhile... Recovery means discovering divinity in one's own life."

"In essence we have become addicted to the certainty, sureness or sense of security that our faith provides."