Anne Rice’s Complicated Christianity – Insights Magazine
In addition to her literary works, Anne Rice’s legacy leaves behind questions about what it means to be a follower of Jesus.
Anne Rice, the author responsible for Interview with the vampire and Queen of the damned died on December 11, 2021 from a stroke. She was 80 years old.
In addition to the Vampire Chronicles books, Ms. Rice was responsible for two Christian fiction books. Both Christ the Lord: out of Egypt and Christ the Lord: the way to Cana romanticized some events from the biblical accounts of the life of Jesus.
Raised in a strict Catholic family, Rice often struggled with her family’s faith.
I had lived an old-fashioned and strict Catholic childhood in the 1940s and 1950s… We attended mass and communion daily in a huge and magnificently decorated church… The stained glass windows, the Latin mass, the detailed responses to complex questions about right and wrong — these things have been imprinted on my soul forever…. I left this church at 18…. I wanted to know what was going on, why so many seemingly good people didn’t believe in an organization (sic) religion, however, cared passionately about their behavior (sic) and the value of their lives… I broke with the Church… I wrote many novels which, without my realizing it, reflected my search for meaning in a world without God.
Later in her life, Ms. Rice announced that she had embraced Catholicism again. In the introduction to her briefs, Rice wrote:
At the time of the surrender, I let go of all the theological or social questions that had prevented me from [God] for countless years. I just let them go. There was the feeling, deep and silent, that if He knew everything, I did not have to know everything, and that in seeking to know everything, I had been, all my life, missed out on it. essential. No social paradox, no historical disaster, no hideous register of injustice or misery should take me away from Him. No question of scriptural integrity, no torment over the fate of this or that atheist or gay friend, no concern for the condemned and the ostracized (sic) by my church or any other church should stand between me and Him. The reason? It was beautifully simple: he knew how or why it all happened; He knew the disposition of each soul. He wasn’t going to let something happen by accident! No one went to hell by mistake.
On July 28, 2010, Ms. Rice wrote a Facebook post expressing her despair at the current state of Christianity.
“Today I stopped being a Christian,” she wrote.
“I remain attached to Christ as always, but not to being ‘Christian’ or part of Christianity. It is simply impossible for me to “belong” to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputed and rightly infamous group. For ten years, I tried. I have failed. I am a stranger. My conscience will not allow anything else.
However, Ms. Rice later clarified that while she no longer considered herself part of the larger movement of Christianity, she remained a follower of Jesus.
“My faith in Christ is at the heart of my life,” she wrote.
“My conversion from a pessimistic atheist lost in a world I did not understand, to an optimistic believer in a universe created and sustained by a loving God is crucial to me. But following Christ does not mean following his disciples. Christ is infinitely more important than Christianity and always will be, no matter what Christianity is, has been, or might become.