Author Anne Rice announced that she’s leaving Christianity. When she announced that she’d met Jesus a few years ago and come to faith, which she practices in the Roman Catholic tradition, it was quite a hoo-haa. Anne is the author of “Interview with a Vampire” and the series that followed including “Queen of the Damned”. She wrote about darkness and obsession and vampires – heavy stuff before the Twilight phenom turned Vampires into 100 year old brooding Goth hotties who macked on teenage girls without making that seem as uber-creepy as it sounds.
Here’s the right up via CNN: “Anne Rice leaves Christianity”
Legendary author Anne Rice has announced that she’s quitting Christianity.
The “Interview with a Vampire” author, who wrote a book about her spirituality titled “Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession” in 2008, said Wednesday that she refuses to be “anti-gay,” “anti-feminist,” “anti-science” and “anti-Democrat.”
Rice wrote, “For those who care, and I understand if you don’t: Today I quit being a Christian … It’s simply impossible for me to ‘belong’ to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group. For ten years, I’ve tried. I’ve failed. I’m an outsider. My conscience will allow nothing else.”
Rice then added another post explaining her decision on Thursday:
“My faith in Christ is central to my life. My conversion from a pessimistic atheist lost in a world I didn’t understand, to an optimistic believer in a universe created and sustained by a loving God is crucial to me,” Rice wrote. “But following Christ does not mean following His followers. Christ is infinitely more important than Christianity and always will be, no matter what Christianity is, has been or might become.”
Ever been in a Church meeting where you suddenly realized you just didn’t fit? I have been. Often. Even recently.
I was put on a “committee” for our ministerial once. Once. We were meeting to talk about getting information out to the churches in our ministerial here about the same sex marriage legislation that was headed to Parliament. One of our three member group laid out a bunch of brochures he’d come across and wanted us to agree that we should purchase these in quantity and have them distributed in our churches. The other two of us started looking them over. The basic approach behind all of the brochures was to warn us of the ‘homosexual agenda’ and the ‘gay threat’. Statistics without footnotes, facts without evidence or supporting data and it was all basically saying, “God hates fags.” As I read it I had a suspicion that these were recycled brochures and back in the late 30’s and early 40’s they had originally read “Jews” everywhere it now said, “Gays”.
Fortunately I wasn’t alone in that and the other person reading these over had the same reaction I did. We said, “No. Absolutely not.” Our reluctance to sign off on these pamphlets was met by frustration and I suspect suspicion.
Over the last 5 years, watching the sad parade of flakes, phonies and hucksters, being pressured to support the notion that God’s party is the Conservative party (south of the border insert ‘Republican’) and sitting in Church gatherings and conferences where I wanted to stand up and shout like Mugatu, “Doesn’t anybody notice this? I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!” has left me sympathetic to Anne’s plight and her decision. You can have all the world, take all the rest, just give me Jesus.
How about you? Ever felt like you just didn’t fit?