It was thrilling several years ago when Anne Rice, the bestselling author of Interview with a Vampire and other similar novels, announced that she had returned to the faith of her youth and had a fresh new relationship with and devotion toward Christ. Her subsequent novels celebrated the majesty of Christ. So when she wrote the following last week, it was stunning and saddening:
“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.”
But there is more to the story. Much more. And as is frequently the case these days, Anne Rice’s angst is rooted more in the attitudes of fellow believers than in Christ or Christian theology. These are currents and cross-currents Christian leaders need to understand.
Read more on the story HERE.
And read this piece: “Anne Rice Hasn’t Betrayed You.”