Three Things Tuesday – Anne Rice

Best selling novelist, Anne Rice, announced on her Facebook page last week that she was quitting Christianity.

“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.”

and in a follow up post:

“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.”

The response has been overwhelming…newspaper articles, television interviews, blog posts, podcasts – and has spawned many conversations.

Here are THREE THINGS that I think are worth checking out:

#1 SOME OF US DON’T WANT TO BE THROWN DOWN THE STAIRS BY THE FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST.

Mike Morrell’s interview with Anne Rice is available on Homebrewed Christianity Podcast for free.  This is an excellent interview with Anne as she goes into more detail regarding her announcement.

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#2 THE VERY LAST STRAW, WAS THE BISHOP OF PHOENIX, ARIZ. COMING OUT AND PUBLICLY CONDEMNING A NUN FOR AUTHORIZING A LIFE SAVING ABORTION

Mitchell Landsberg of the Los Angeles Times has an excellent written interview with Rice. Anne shares some of the things that gave her the final push.  Although she says that her decision resulted from a sum total of many things, she does state that some papal announcements were last straws.

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#3 Dan Harris’ interview with Anne Rice today on “World News” at 6:30 p.m. and the full story on “Nightline” at 11:35 p.m. ET

Dan Harris’ interview and the Nightline coverage will both be aired this evening (Wed. 8/11/10).  Anne mentioned it on her Facebook page and stated that it was her last scheduled tv  interview pertaining to her break with organized religion and invited comments and discussion.

10 thoughts on “Three Things Tuesday – Anne Rice

  1. Lawrence D. (Larry) Hartley

    Hi Anne,
    President Obama added his voice to other officials including Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan; Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, all of whom have derided the proposed burning of the Koran.

    When the President of the United States takes the time to weigh in on the intent of a peripheral and relatively unknown religious figure, which is quite unusual. It’s not easy to get this kind of national attention; obviously, Terry Jones, has struck the nerve of the American Government officials that embrace The American Civil Religion.

    Terry Jones; disguised as an angel of light seems to be speaking to some very uncomfortable part of the American religio-political psyche. Could it be that he speaks to the American Civil Religion leaders that sit much closer to the surface of Authentic Christianity than we might want to admit?

    While Authentic Christians are being blamed for the actions of Terry Jones, Global Faith Communities; (Muslims and others) are unwittingly helping The American Civil Religion leaders create the deception needed to deceive Authentic Christians of the world into believing that “together” they have our best interests at heart.

    In a sense it is amazing to witness a delusional false Christian, like Terry Jones bring together the Global Faith Communities; (Muslims and others) and give them a reason to unite with the need to protest themselves from the evil behaviour of “False Christianity”.

    This temporary unity certainly helps establish the world religions agenda in building up the American Civil Religion for the Global development of the One World Order and its church.

    I am attempting to help you all connect the dots…American Civil Religion… False Christianity …One World Church…False Religions…Authentic Christian Church.

    Thanks to “The Lamb That Was Slain” things is moving right along.

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  2. Lawrence D. (Larry) Hartley

    Hi Anne, Every Blessing to you in your personal search to live in the Spirit and be filled with the love of God in Christ Jesus. I have a few words to add to this post;

    Jacques Ellul, in his publication, The Subversion of Christianity; uses an X to identify what he means when he uses the word Christianity.

    He writes; “if we tried to abolish the word Christianity, what would we have to say? First, the revelation and work of God accomplished in Jesus Christ, second, the being of the church as the body of Christ, and third, the faith and life of Christians in truth and love. Since we cannot keep repeating this long triple formula, we shall now use X to denote these three aspects”.

    The practice of Authentic Christianity has become so weak and corrupt that writers have to choose between the term Christianity and Followers of Jesus Christ to identify themselves with authentic Christianity.

    Richard Allen and Absalom Jones, W.E.B. DuBois, Richard Wright, James Baldwin and Malcolm X all made the vital distinction between what Christianity is in its racist expression and what Christianity objectively is and ought to be to all who claim to be Followers of Christ.

    Even Malcolm X in his Autobiography shows his awareness of the independent reality of true Christianity. ‘I would explain that it was our [the Muslim’s] belief that Christianity did not perform what Christ taught. I never failed to cite that even Billy Graham, challenged in Africa, had himself made the distinction, “I believe in Christ not Christianity”.

    In The Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave; he concluded that his attack against Christianity, was a charge against the slave-holding religion of this land, and with no possible reference to Christianity proper; for, “between the Christianity of this land, and the Christianity of Christ, I recognize the widest possible difference – so wide, that to receive the one as good, pure, and holy, is of necessity to reject the other as bad, corrupt, and wicked”.

    Anne, the movement of “American Civil Religion” has all but replaced Authentic Christianity and the evangelical global movement is the ACR’s greatest promoter. So, you are among many that has taken steps to reclaim our God given right to call the new yet very old Christianity a falsehood. Keep in touch, if you care to.

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  3. Frances

    There are over 100 demoninations of Christianity, all of whom profess different things in the name of Christ. Which sect of Christianity is Ms. Rice leaving? Catholicism? Pentecostalism?

    The one I belong to refuses all those things too.

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  4. Jerry

    Could be Ms. Rice isn’t so different from others who are fed up with the lack of Christlike charity among the Christians, or who think the Catholic hierarchy could well defend the seven cardinal virtues and discipline their own leadership. If only Christians were more consistently salt and light, would our communities, our societal being, be better off? Well, what do you need, Ms. Rice? And who is willing to help you to receive what you need? I do hope there are indeed Christlike Christians who are close enough to you to affirm you in Christ. To show you the love. I’m sure others would like to see that more consistently; it would be truly good for a change.

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    1. Liz Post author

      Jerry, From the support that Anne Rice is getting on her Facebook page it appears that there are many followers of Christ (even though they may not be a part of organized religion) who are there to affirm her in Christ.

      Like you said – there are a lot of people who are fed up with the lack of Christlike charity among Christians – so like Anne Rice, many are distancing themselves from the label and the organizations … but not from Jesus Christ and his way.

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  5. Theodore Seeber

    Seems to me she was never Catholic to begin with- or Christian.

    “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.”

    This is self-contradictory. Being anti-gay, anti-feminist, anti-artificial birth control is to be pro-life. Therefore she doesn’t refuse to be anti-life- instead she embraces anti-life.

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