July 30th, 2010
03:30 PM ET

Anne Rice leaves Christianity

Legendary author Anne Rice has announced that she’s quitting Christianity.

The “Interview with a Vampire” author, who wrote a book about her spirituality titled "Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession" in 2008, said Wednesday that she refuses to be “anti-gay,” “anti-feminist," “anti-science” and “anti-Democrat.”

Rice wrote, “For those who care, and I understand if you don't: Today I quit being a Christian ... 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.”

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  1. cyberman

    I would like to correct CatholicMom by reminding her that we are not ALL children of God, because even Jesus referred to the Pharisees as children of their father, the devil! Anyone who rejects Jesus Christ & his laws chooses to not be a child of God, but a child of the devil, PERIOD! Yes, we SHOULD love on such people & pray for them, but if that is the path they so choose, then I'm sorry, not to make a joke outta Hell (Because, in reality, there's nothing really funny about that place to begin with!), but they're pretty much headed for an extra crispy Eternity down there! Got that?! Bottom line: If you follow Jesus, you're a child of God, but if you don't, guess who your spiritual father is: The devil himself! I know it sounds controversial, but Jesus always has been & always WILL BE controversial to begin with (Heck! Even the VERY MENTION of His Holy Name is controversial in today's society: It divides people! But something ELSE Jesus said is that He did not come to bring peace, but a sword! In other words, even WHOLE FAMILIES will be divided about Him & who He is, setting father against mother, mother against her husband, & even children against their parents when it comes to what they believe about Him & His message! So much so, that He also said, "Unless you are willing to love Me EVEN MORE than your own father, mother, sisters or brothers, you cannot be my disciple!" PERIOD! End of discussion! Laters!

    January 24, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
    • Steve (the real one)

      Could not have said that any better. Your words are true!

      January 24, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
  2. Leanne

    This article left out the fact that even though she isn't committed to christianity, she is still committed to Christ. Of course no one is perfect and you can't say all christians are cruel and anti-gay. I believe labeling christians as a whole as that is just being ignorant as well.

    December 9, 2010 at 1:21 am |
  3. mom

    I agree that a lot of Christians are angry and hostile...doesn't mean that Jesus is. Also, I must address the statement, "I quit being a Christian"..Was she disappointed in Jesus or people?

    November 15, 2010 at 1:07 am |
  4. texasjo

    Parts of the bible were written 40 years after Jesus (I believe Mark) not 300 years. The New Testament is a compilation of chosen writings, most agreeing about Jesus, but some do not in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The Catholic church doesn't go completely by the bible, as do some Protestants, but they incorporate "tradition." I became a Catholic, but now do not go to church as it has become mixed up by some in charge not following "what Jesus would do," I suppose is the best reason I can state. Being gay, and inserting things in the wrong places is against the law of nature, and has dire consequences. Jesus didn't condemn anyone, but said let those who are not guilty cast the first stone. He preached Love God above all, and Love your neighbor as yourself. He also said for us to partake of his body and blood to enter heaven. Some take this literally and some take it another way. It is all in your heart you shall be judged. What you know and believe is what you are responsible for. God doesn't cause or allow "molestation of children," or any other disaster. We have been given free will. This is not heaven, this is earth. There are consequenses unfair or not living on earth as a human. To think that God sits up in the sky directing traffic, and acting as Superman at times is ridiculous. He is a spirit, a force, he is love, he is everything good, that's where the word "good," comes from "GOD." Jesus is the most perfect man ever born, and I, like Pontius Pilot, find nothing wrong in him. He came to show us the way.

    October 6, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  5. Mark Colbath

    God and Christ are not a political party, but it sounds as if Rice thought of the Trinity as some sort of club that one joins to rub elbows with famous people and leave when they run out of good wine.

    I honestly doubt that Rice has the faintest clue what being a Christian is. Christianity is not an intellectual exercise. One awesome thing is that God's folly is wiser than the wisdom of this world. He made salvation simple enough for everyone, but a stumbling block for those full of pride, ego and supposed intellect.

    Sin is sin and it won't cease to become sin if the majority of us accept or "tolerate" it. The West has become the Babylon that Jesus warned us of.

    October 4, 2010 at 9:46 am |
  6. Rosie

    I'm a Christian, a Feminist, and a Democrat. My religion has NEVER made me feel like I should change any of my beliefs. Maybe if Anne Rice's books during her "Christian era" did as well as her Vampire books we wouldn't be having this dialogue. If you're truly a Chistian you don't just quit.
    God tells me to love everyone so their sexual preperence doesn't stop me from loving the PERSON. I don't claim to understand everything, and there are some things that I will never know but I do know that the Holy Spirit steers me away from making comments or taking actions that will hurt anyone. If someone uses God as an excuse to hurt their fellow man then they're not really a follower of Jesus Christ. God Bless us all.

    September 7, 2010 at 2:43 pm |
    • DokuHebi

      she wasn't referring to you. she's talking about Christianity in general. Like she said, Christians are always out to prove themselves right and non-believers wrong. It's just best if you live your life and quit pushing this God crap on people. Oh and if you think i'm going to hell for that then according to your bible I'll see you there. =]

      February 9, 2011 at 4:10 am |
  7. Amy

    Dostoyevski in his book The Brothers Karamazov wrote that crime is the inevitable outcome of a society that insists on disrespecting and ridiculing the belief in immortality. I've paraphrased, but if you look around you at the state of things in this country and this world, you can see the public acceptance of the degradation of women in the face of what one spouts is feminism. I see young women flashing themselves to sell more records and somehow this isn't seen as anti-feminist? Must women be looked on as whores and sluts in order to be equal to men? Honor and respect for women is anti-feminist? Exactly what is the point? I see none of you screaming that rap music videos are misogynistic, though they absolutely are.... not only are women not equal in these videos, but they are trash and deserve to be treated as such – paid for what's between their legs and it's all ok?? Really? So, as long as women are considered prostitutes, with a price, that's cool?? What is wrong with people? Have you any idea how ridiculous it is to read criticisms of the church regarding the treatment of women by people who are perfectly content with popular culture's attack on young women? Truly laughable, and obviously an agenda that has nothing to do with your concern for women.

    August 31, 2010 at 1:59 pm |
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