So vampire novelist Anne Rice, who returned to her Roman Catholic roots ten years ago, has “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. 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.
The problem is that humanity as a whole is “quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous”. Those are not, as we used to say in high school debate, disadvantages unique to the affirmative proposal. She’ll have to look off-planet to find a group that rises above.
When you read her reasons for quitting “Christianity”, which she’s posted at her Facebook page, it appears that Ms. Rice conflates “Christian” with “Roman Catholic”. More than that, God apparently fails to live up to her standards of morality.
While one can argue over whether it was proper for the Roman Catholic Church to involve itself politically in the debate over gay marriage, which seems to be her big objection to “Christianity”, the fact is plain, simple, and in black and white: God decreed, in Old Testament and New, that homosexuality is a sin.
So the question, then, is this: if, as seems clear, she never submitted to God’s morality but instead imposed a veneer of Roman Catholicism onto her own, can Anne Rice quit something she never really joined?