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article imageAnne Rice: I follow Christ, but not Christianity

By R. C. Camphausen     Jul 31, 2010 in World
Author Anne Rice has said that following Christ does not mean “following His followers,” describing Christ as “infinitely more important than Christianity.”She doesn't want to belong to a church that is anti-gay, anti-feminist, and anti-life.
CNA, the Catholic News Agency reported today that famous author Anne Rice repudiates Christianity, and does so "in the name of Christ."
Apparently, the author has published a statement last Wednesday on her Facebook page which said, among other things: “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."
Rice, 68, probably best known for her novels 'Interview With a Vampire' and the books of her 'Beauty Trilogy', had been raised as a Catholic but had rejected the church as an adult, becoming an atheist instead. However, in 2008, she published a memoir entitled "Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession," in which she made clear that she had returned to her original faith in recent years.
CNA writes that Rice had returned to Christianity in 1998 after a conversion experience, and had said at the time that her future writing would be for the Lord only. Yahoo News writes about a telephone interview with Rice from last Thursday, during which Rice said she had been having doubts for the past two to three years. She was troubled by the child abuse scandals in the church, and the church's defensive reaction, and by the ex-communication of Sister Margaret McBride, a nun and hospital administrator who had approved an abortion for a woman whose life was in danger.
Rice also said "I believed for a long time that the differences, the quarrels among Christians didn't matter a lot for the individual, that you live your life and stay out of it. But then I began to realize that it wasn't an easy thing to do. I came to the conclusion that if I didn't make this declaration, I was going to lose my mind."
Anne Rice has also written a variety of novels under the pen-name Anne Rampling.
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