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Anne Rice updates her Facebook status… again!

“My posts about quitting Christianity have brought in a lot of mail. Most of it is positive; a small amount is negative. But one thing is clear: people care passionately about belief. They care about living lives of meaning and significance. And that is a beautiful and reassuring thing. I’ll have more on the subject in the future.” -Anne Rice


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posted July 31, 2010 at 12:50 pm

In other words, her publicity stunt was successful.

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Scott Smith

posted July 31, 2010 at 1:07 pm

She says she continues to be a Christ-seeker. Isn’t that what “Christian” means? After all, the word “Christian” was coined in Antioch as a term people used to describe those who were in “the way”. The early church didn’t put this term on themselves.

I have to wonder if this isn’t just a publicity stunt. It’s like she’s saying “I’m no longer a vegetarian. I still eat only vegetables and think that ‘meat is murder’, but I don’t like being associated with the rest of the vegetarians.” Well, I’m still going to see your eating habits and call you a vegetarian.

What does ‘Christian’ mean? If it means Christ-like, then none of us are that, but all aspire to be. We can criticize each other for our non-Christ-likeness, but that accomplishes nothing.

Christ called us to follow him, and he had us do that in community. And inside that community is the best place to enact change. She can call it what she will, but she has to pick a team.

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    posted July 31, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    This kind of mindset is probably the reason for her comments.

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    posted July 31, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Well, granted, vegetarians aren’t usually known as a divisive group of people whose beliefs cut right to the essence of humanity. They are also not typically associated with such memorable events as the Crusades (or any political event in, say, the last 2000 years.) Controversy is well embedded into the very nature of Christianity, whether we like it or not. I find it ironic that Anne Rice’s controversy is centered on her dislike for the controversial issues. Whether it’s Anne Rice or gay marriage, there will always be some great publicity of the moment.

    That said, I find it saddening that she equates rejecting “Christian hate” with rejecting Christianity itself. Christ did indeed call us to a community, knowing full well that we are human and ridiculous and yes, often hateful and not portraying the picture of Christ that we ought to embody. If we reject the flawed nature of Christians themselves, we’re missing the core of the gospel: that Jesus died for us even knowing that we would fail time and time again at what he called us to do.

    So what do we do now? Pray that somehow Christ will use this incident to bring glory to him. Because he always will.

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      Scott Smith

      posted July 31, 2010 at 2:25 pm

      I think we’re on the same page Rachel.

      Perhaps a better analogy… Americans have done some very bad things in our very short history. But do we live here with all the benefits of being American, clinging to the ideals the country was founded on, yet claim to be something other than American? Or do we try to be a part in enacting the change we desire?

      That is the part that leaves me scratching my head.

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John Dobbs

posted July 31, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Anne Rice is an accomplished author who writes best sellers. Publicity is not a great need. I do believe her remarks were intentionally provocative, of course there’s nothing wrong with that. MPT could not complain about that anyway. ūüėČ

Interesting to hear those thoughts expressed. I think we just have to learn what we can and understand that outside perceptions aren’t always accurate.

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posted July 31, 2010 at 1:36 pm

I agree with her reasons for saying it and in a personal conversation, in context with people who understand what I mean I may even say it. But I’m not convinced that divorcing ourselves from the idea of being a Christian is necessarily helpful. I (at this moment in time) think I would rather attempt to help make the word have more positive connotations. I think it is unfortunate that she has lumped the who of Christianity together and portrayed these traits as an integral part of Christianity. But I understand her stance and I think, slash presume, her hurt and sorrow and I even understand the comments.

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posted July 31, 2010 at 1:38 pm

So she doesn’t want the label who cares. How many times have you heard about a celeb who calls themselves a Christian then changes their mind, quite a few right? So what we should do is figure out how to walk along side each other, to go through crap together, and not endorse the bullcrap of celebrity. Did you hear of my friend Brandon? He’s been having the same thoughts about how we screw up hi perception of Jesus, but nobody’s blogging one word a out him.

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posted July 31, 2010 at 1:50 pm

I really admire her for committing the big unpardonable sin in Christianity: being honest about what she was really thinking.

Now watch the knives come out.

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posted July 31, 2010 at 2:47 pm

This is the first I’m reading of this, so I do want to dive in further. But I can’t help but wonder if there is too much confusion between Christian and religion. I hate religion, and do not want to be viewed as “religious” because of my negative connotations of religion. Like Jason Gray’s song says “‘Cause all religion ever made of me aas just a sinner with a stone tied to my feet.”

It’s similar to the conversation I had with my mother-in-law, who is about the same age as Ms. Rice about her label of “faith.” She made the comment that her soon to be son-in-law was of a different faith. She attends a Church of Christ service and he attends a Methodist… both are Christian. He not of a different faith, but rather a different religion.

I think all of these “labels” are too often, especially by Christians, seen as the same thing.

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Adriana Féliz

posted August 1, 2010 at 7:12 pm

great response on the matter from Justin McRoberts

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