I was never a big fan of her books, but when I lived in NOLA I had met her a few times (her home was in the Garden District, not too far from where my wife taught school at the Ursuline Academy). After reading this article I started asking myself:
-How often are there people who leave any sort of church due to the behaviors of others?
-How can a person who claims to be knowledgeable in church history take this option?
-Can a person be a Christian yet worship alone?
I hope to get a good discussion going...not like the discussions we usually have here
While the 'gay' word is mentioned, it is just tangential; and while the article mentions her political leanings we also do not have to discuss her pollitics in this thread.Anne Rice Quits Christianity
Anne Rice Quits Christianity - "Maybe Commitment to Christ Means not Being a Christian"
Author Anne Rice announced yesterday that she's quit Christianity. However, she said she is still "committed to Christ."
Anne Rice said on her Facebook page, "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."
Anne Rice declared her conversion to Christianity ten years ago. Previously, Rice had been an atheist after being raised a Roman Catholic. Rice has long advocated left-wing politics, especially in the area of gay rights.
Anne Rice's announcement continued, "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's choice to leave Christianity was announced after a flurry of posts discussing the Westboro Baptist Church and wondering aloud, "When does a word (Christian) become unusable? When does it become so burdened with history and horror that it cannot be evoked without destructive controversy?"
It could be argued that Anne Rice is still a Christian because of her devotion to Jesus Christ. She, however, has rejected the label. Right-wing Christians controlling the dialogue held by Christians in the public square seems to have pushed Anne Rice out of the organized religion fold. Rice's awareness of Christian history also informed her decision.
Should Anne Rice seek Christian churches that embrace her politics? Or is she indeed better off forging her own path? It's a delicate question.