Anne Rice quits Christianity

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Anne Rice, famous for her novels about vampires, underwent a spiritual conversion and returned to her Roman Catholic faith over ten years ago, as she described in her recent book Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession. She wrote a novel called Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt about the young Jesus from his own point of view, and it was quite well received by many.

On her Facebook page, however, Anne Rice has just announced that she’s quitting being a Christian, although not giving up her belief in Christ. (H/t FT) Some of her reasons:

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.


As for myself, I’d just like to announce that I’ve quite Facebook. It was some months ago, actually, even before the recent privacy brouhahas. Why? Well, I have this website, you see, and also another one, and also a Twitter account, and updating Facebook in addition to all these things just seems stupid. And I’ve never cottoned to the whole social networking thing. (Even in real life, I suppose.)

Either I’m too callous or too sensitive, depending on on how you want to look at it, but the whole thing just honestly repels me. I don’t want to see what everybody else is doing and tell them if I “like” it or not, and have others do the same with regard to my activities. I don’t give a good god damn.

Whew. Glad that’s off my chest. Thanks, Anne.

Addendum: Some slightly more serious and worthy thoughts on the Anne Rice situation are from Mary at BabyBlueOnline.

5 Replies to “Anne Rice quits Christianity”

  1. Its amazing how some people can take such big steps in their lives without really thinking them thru. I mean Anne Rice and her “now a Catholic, now not a Catholic,” – not so much your Facebook actions.

  2. Martin: I completely agree. It can properly be called ridiculous. I understand having a conversion experience, but there was no one, ten years ago, forcing her to join the Roman Catholic Church, even if that’s how she was brought up. Did she give it no thought? Did she not notice that — as is apparently the case — some of her most dearly held beliefs are in direct opposition to Roman Catholic doctrine?

    To declare her Catholic faith in such a high profile manner and then to reject it so soon after doesn’t make Anne Rice look like a very serious person.

  3. @Sean: Exactly. Even now she hasn’t thought it all out properly at all. A talent for writing, which she obviously possesses, doesn’t seem to correlate to wisdom or even good sense. (But I guess that was probably established some time ago.)

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