Anne Rice announced today that she was done with Christianity, Done, KAPUT, all finished! But has she also turned her back on Christ himself?
I have followed Anne Rices career closely over the past twenty years, and I have to say she never fails to impress. I was rather confused when she turned to Christ in the year 2000 and openly stated that she was now Christian. Why would an artist such as Anne Rice, who’s past works conflicted the ideals of Christianity suddenly conform to Christian ideology?
Anne Rice announced in a Newsweek article in 2004 that she would “write only for the Lord.” Following this statement she released a series called Christ the Lord. This change of genre and direction for Anne Rice might have puzzled many, but in my own opinion change of position on personal belief and faith is something that keeps the spirit fresh.
Just today on July 28th 2010 Anne Riceannounced 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. 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.”
This to me shows great courage and spirit, standing up for what is right and what Anne Rice sees as her own values. Over the past few months Anne Rice had been berated by some Christians for posting articles that contradicted or questioned traditional and orthodox teachings.
Many of her posts that were in support of Gay Rights or Gender Equality were met with support from a good portion of her fans, but also with contempt for those wishing to troll her page.
The previous post was followed with this;
“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.”
So Anne Rice has quit Christianity, but continues to have a personal relationship with Christ. This I completely support. As someone who isn’t Christian, I can completely respect someone who is able to stand up and say that they don’t agree with what some people are saying, but still commit to a personal relationship with their God.
As for another Vampire novel, I would think fans will have to wait to hear if there is another Interview with the Vampirein her. Anne has not written in this genre for some time, and Authors sometimes naturally progress away from things that initially helped them develop a name.
Good Luck Anne, I don’t think it will be as tough as you think and life transitions like this are always tough / interesting. You have your fans support!
After thought: I completely respect peoples personal beliefs and think that standing up for what you believe is right and a noble act. I myself work in a Christian orginization and have many devout friends and I think the ability to accept each other for our diversity is something important.