Anne Rice to organized religion: “Adios.”

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I’ve never read any of Anne Rice‘s work, but maybe now I will. These are two of her recent Facebook posts:

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Just to be clear—I am not opposed to faith; to a belief in God; to a devotion to God, whatever that means for an individual. But I am tired of organized churches, mosques, temples leading people astray; telling us one thing, doing something completely different. We can all maintain our moral compasses without turning toward a flawed guide.

God bless Anne Rice.

13 thoughts on “Anne Rice to organized religion: “Adios.””

  1. She didn’t quit being Christian, she quit being Catholic.

    If you are a true Christian you can’t quit.
    Before you are a Christian you are one type of creature.
    When you become a Christian you become an entirely different kind of a creature.
    You have no power to go back to what you were anymore than an adult can go back to being a baby.
    Being a Christian isn’t a decision, or title. It is a condition, to be like Christ.
    I don’t know if she is a Christian or not, but being a Christian is not a religion.

  2. I don’t know what she thinks “Christian” means — there are plenty of us who are liberal, pro-feminist, pro-gay rights, pro-Democrat, pro-immigrant rights, pro-care for the poor, etc.

  3. Why do people continually need to smash the public over the head with their religious beliefs?

    Anne Rice doesn’t want to be a Christian any more, that’s cool. But that’s between her and the man upstairs or Lestat or Jaboo or Deputy Dog.

    It’s odd to me that she needs to broadcast this over Facebook. To whom is she trying to reach? What is the message?

    I mean, I understand what she’s saying; but what is the outcome that she’s hoping for? Is she hoping that a couple thousand pale, vampire enthusiasts will join in her rejecting Christianity?

    I didn’t care about Anne Rice’s religion on August 2nd at 10:45 am Eastern and now that I know that she’s renouncing it, I don’t care either. And I think that’s what it all boils down to, Who Cares?

  4. Why did she ever start being Christian? Was she too stupid to recognize these aspects of the religion to begin with??
    Here is my guess, Jeff….
    She thought that converting would help her sell this series of books she is writing about Jesus. This marketing scheme didn’t work so well, because the only works of hers that her audience really care about is the crap that she writes about vampires. So she is giving up this marketing angle and trying out a new one….I don’t know that this kind of obvious attention seeking is all that worthy of blessing.

  5. After reading her comments again, she sounds like she never understood Christianity to begin with.

    You can be a Christian and be friendly with a gay person. You don’t have to vote Republican, you can be pro-feminist and you don’t have to burn scientists.

    Her two posts read like the screed of a college freshman who took her first philosophy class.

    Oh the pain! The yoke of organized religion! What a fool I was!

    Blah, blah, blah. Just wait until you become a senior.

  6. I hear the Vampire books she wrote is great, even if there’s way too much vampire stuff (some great, some VERY bad) going on right now.

    I still don’t understand JMW’s post about how “being Christian is not a religion” or if he’s being serious. Last time I checked, it is.

  7. Jeff,

    Like someone said above, there are many definitions of “Christians” out there, most of which are incorrect. I guess we need to define what “Christian” means from your standpoint before we discuss. Is it someone who goes to church once a year? Someone who doesn’t drink on Sundays? What are we talking about? I dont think its fair to even have this discussion unless we define the subject.

  8. Marty,
    If this helps.
    A Christian has been changed. Literally, “born again”.
    It is not something you can do. You are no more able to get yourself born again than you were able to get yourself born the first time. It is an act of creation.
    Religion is a set of doctrines and practices designed to worship and broadcast a belief.
    Religions based on Christ are Catholicism, Methodism, Presbyterianism, Mormonism, Reformed Baptist, Freewill Baptist, etc. etc.
    Very rarely do these religions agree with each other.
    A true born again Christian can be found in any number of different religions, but usually few members of a religion are actually born again.
    Did that help? I may be able to explain better if you wish, right now I’m a bit wiped it was a 10 hour day, no lunch.

  9. I don’t have a problem with jmw’s explanation, but I’m not sure if Anne Rice feels the same. Her take on Christianity seems more centered on what people claim to do in Christ’s name, and their insistence that their’s is the one and only true path.

  10. JMW, thanks for that.
    It weirded me out the first time I read what you were saying. I perceived it that you were saying Christianity wasn’t a religion, as if it separated it from EVERYTHING else.
    I thought what you were saying was similar to being that you could be Jewish, but you can also not be Jewish in the religious sense. You can’t unchange that.

    I really wish I took a religion class in college (was raised in a Catholic family but never could get into it). I took a lot of Philosophy, but not enough centered on the different religions.

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