Anne Rice, author of all of our favorite vampire books such as Interview With The Vampire has left Christianity.
In her own words: 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.” [CNN.com]
It sounds as if she has left “the church” but perhaps not the figure around which it was built. We have all pretty much set up our own rules as his. And because we have set them up, they differ from place to place. Only the Bible is universal.
This writer has left the Episcopal Church that spends too much time revising language and the order of the service, working on a schism within the Anglican community over homosexuality and other things removed from going among the people and helping them. They call it outreach and throw a few dollars at it. Out of touch is more like it.
Many of the issues she mentions have touched her personal life and that is what has brought home what the church has done more vividly. It is a sad commentary that she will probably prosper more fully outside the ranks of the rankled than further repressing her soul under them.
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