You may well have heard that novelist Anne Rice has announced that she is quitting Christianity. Author of a series of best-selling vampire novels, in 1998 she returned to the Roman Catholic Church after many years as an agnostic or atheist.
Last week, on her Facebook page, she wrote: “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. 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.”
I understand her frustration, but her decision saddens me. Surely there is more to Christianity and Catholicism than fundamentalists and arch-traditionalists.
What do you think?