Anne Rice rejects ‘Churchianity’

From an article in Christianity Today:

Interview with the Vampire author Anne Rice declared Wednesday that she “quit being Christian”.

The long-time “Christ-haunted atheist” wrote in her Facebook fan page that she found it “simply impossible … to ‘belong’ to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group”.

“For ten …years, I’ve tried,” the 68-year-old author wrote. “I’ve failed. I’m an outsider. My conscience will allow nothing else.”

….she concluded that she was “out” and announced her refusal to be anti-gay, anti-feminist, anti-artificial birth control, anti-Democrat, anti-secular humanism, anti-science, and anti-life in the name of Christ.

“In the name of Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian,” she concluded Wednesday.

While some viewed Rice’s announcement as an abandonment of her relatively newfound faith, the famed author made clear the following day that her 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,” she wrote in her Facebook fan page Thursday.

But to the former Vampire author, “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,” she concluded.

Read the full article in Christianity Today here.

Also, for interest, have a read of the comment about Anne Rice’s decision on the iMonk blog here.

5 thoughts on “Anne Rice rejects ‘Churchianity’

  1. This reminds me of something I read in an amazing book I borrowed while on holiday in Holland. It’s by Shane Claiborne and the English title is ‘Irresistible Revolution’. Have you read it or heard of it? (Am now trying to track down a copy so I can finish reading it.) What I was able to read so far: wonderfully radical stuff! … I have a feeling that Anne Rice may be of ‘the same genre’!


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