1. We admitted we were powerless over our theologies — that our thoughts had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that our thoughts were not God’s thoughts and that only a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our theologies over to the care of God as we did not understand Him.
4. Made a searching and fearless inventory of our theological toys, philosophical prejudices, unjustified opinions, self-important ideas, and defensive gestures.
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being that, despite the reality of God’s grace, all our explanations were totally ad hoc and frequently designed to stave off direct exposure to that grace.
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all this theology.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove all this theology.
8. Made a list of all the persons we had harmed with our ham-fisted assertions, tidy systems, and undergrad etiologies and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, confessing our boundless ignorance, except when to do so would engage them in more theology.
10. Continued to take personal inventory of our theological hydras and when we started to think we’d really thought something great promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to actually connect with God as we did not understand Him, praying only for enough strength to trade mountains of theology for five minutes of open vision.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to theologians, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.