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Anne Rice: I Quit Christianity!

Posted by spritzophrenia on July 30, 2010

Reactionary. News-driven. That’s what I try not to be. Atheist friend Marty tweeted this yesterday, and I read Anne’s Facebook page. Today I see Matthew at Jesus Needs New PR has blogged it, so with thanks and apologies Matt, I’m yoinking yours. Even though I’m highly interested, I’ve got other work to finish today. What’s Cool?

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Anne Rice announces on Facebook that she’s quitting Christianity!

Yesterday on Facebook, Anne Rice updated her status…

“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

And then later, she updated her status again…

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.

Currently her status is…

“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. ” Gospel of Matthew.

Matthew comments:
I love Anne Rice!

However, I do hope this new “non-Christian, Christ-centered non-Christianity Christianity” that she’s embracing will lead her to stop writing books about Jesus. Wow. Have you read them? They’re so boring in my opinion. Oh, I still buy them. But I don’t read them. (Stupid, I know.)

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All I’ll add is there’s a lot of other people like her, some of whom I know personally. This is the kind of belief I eventually chose, and probably would choose again if I go back to a faith based on Y’shua. Maybe without the vampire stories 😉

You get multiple updates from me today, you lucky lucky people.

[Update: Rice also writes in part, “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 …” You can read the rest at JesusNeedsNewPr]

So what are your thoughts on her status? Or you can check out What’s Cool?

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9 Responses to “Anne Rice: I Quit Christianity!”

  1. Iain said

    Honestly, I think this is great stuff. On the days where I am feeling favourable towards religion, Anne Rice’s position is the kind of mood that I feel myself in.

    I should put it another way, look again at Anne’s second FB status,

    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.

    Unless following Christ is compatible with being able to agree with this statement (or not, if you choose so for good reason), then I don’t see how any honest, compassionate, principled, and reality-based* person can, in good conscious, be part of the group “Christian”.

    So I say to her: good job, Anne Rice. You didn’t throw the baby which you personally value out with the bathwater of rotten, dull-minded consensus, and I hope this encourages more people to do the same.

    *by this I mean that I can find no secular, empirically-based reasons not founded in unproven dogma to reject any of these things.

    • I have to say, Iain, I did not understand your final sentence after the * Too many double negatives or maybe just obtuseness on my part.

      😀

      It’s ok, and I think we share similar opinions.

      • Iain said

        lol

        Translation: Some will reject homosexuality, feminism, democrat policies etc by dogmatic fiat only. I don’t think that’s good enough. I want “good” reason, and by good i mean real-world-harms and evidence based.

  2. SugarPop said

    I like what is drawn out in this post; that dogma and the categorisation of beliefs often masks – sometimes to the point of alienation – diversity within belief.

  3. Kissie said

    These updates remind me of the impression Jesus must have given the Pharisees and those who wanted him dead. He was here for a reason and He stated that reason — to give life – to save lives – to heal – to touch – deliver … we (speaking as a Christian) love to tell what we’re against when people need to know what we are for … love speaks loudly and with very few words.

  4. Anne Rice is on Facebook? Her vampire books were the background noise to my youth. I know nothing of her faith.

  5. Cristine said

    I completely agree with her. I call myself a Christian in that I follow (strive to) Jesus’s examples of love, compassion, forgiveness, but as far as what the Christian religion has evolved into…not what I believe Jesus was striving for

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