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The four absolutes which first appeared in Robert Spears "The Principles of Jeus," as 1 Purity 2 Honesty 3 Unselfishenss and 4 Love. Frank Buchman put Honesty first as he used the 4 'stabdards' as a way of self examination. When he frist adopted the 'standards' purity was at the top. Frank put honesty at the top which is where Bill W. kept it althogh the absolutes are not listed in the AA Big Book Bill W. Said they were there.
Here is a quote from www.aabibliography.com concering the absolutes in the Big Book and in AA todayThe Big Book: Whatever has happened to the Four Absolutes in the A.A. recovery program, and despite criticisms of them by Bill Wilson, the principles are still in the Big Book for all to see. Honesty can be found emphasized-all through A.A.'s basic text. Unselfishness and the need for altruism, thoughtfulness, and consideration for others are paramount ideas. Love and the ideas of 1 Corinthians 13 are mentioned again and again, with an occasional Biblical reference as well. And purity? Was it lost? Not in Akron, where Dr. Bob and his group refused to have anything to do with those who committed adultery and other sins. Today, the purity concept has slipped between the cracks in the fellowship and in its groups in favor of widespread fornication, relationships, filthy language, adultery, and a host of other sins that man falls prey to. But these activities are not part of the A.A. recovery program as set forth in its Big Book-whether or not the teachings of Jesus have influenced that fact.
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