Did Anne Rice just suck the blood out of Christianity?
There’s something kind of vampirish about Anne Rice’s faith dilemma as it plays out. To wit:
Anne Rice, on Facebook, Wednesday at 1:36 pm:
For those who care, and I understand if you don’t: Today I quit being a Christian. I’m out. I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being “Christian” or to being part of Christianity. 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.
Anne Rice, Chapter 1, Called Out of Darkness in 2008:
If this path to God is an illusion, then the story is worthless. If the path is real, then we have something here that may matter to you as well as to me.
And so, it’s worthless and we can all move on. But wait (Facebook):
As I said below, I quit being a Christian. I’m out. In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life. In the name of Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen.
In the name of wha… But maybe we could see this coming (Called Out of Darkness):
Is it not possible for us to do with gender, sexuality and reproduction what was long ago done with the stars? To realize that…new sources of information on them may be as valid as the information given us long ago?
Probably not anytime soon with the Catholic Church, so (Facebook):
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. 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.
But of course (Called Out of Darkness):
…my concept of God came through the spoken words of my mother, and also the intensely beautiful experiences I had in church.
Which leaves us with a Body that once sustained Anne, but is now dead to her. However, the life source of the Body has somehow been extracted. So is it still real? Or is it an illusion? This can get a little creepy if you think about it late at night.
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