.- The author Anne Rice, who in 2008 announced that she had returned to the Catholic faith in which she was raised, says she is no longer a Christian but remains âcommitted to Christ.â
âToday I quit being a Christian. I'm out. I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being âChristianâ or to being part of Christianity,â she wrote on her Facebook page on Wednesday. She said it was âsimply impossibleâ for her to belong to âthis quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group.â
She said she had âtriedâ and âfailed,â describing herself as an outsider.
âIn the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay,â continued Rice, whose son Christopher is a homosexual who writes for The Advocate, an âLGBTâ monthly.
âI refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat,â she continued, also characterizing Christianity as âanti-scienceâ and âanti-life.â
However, she still described her faith in Christ as âcentralâ to her life.
âMy conversion from a pessimistic atheist lost in a world I didn't understand, to an optimistic believer in a universe created and sustained by a loving God is crucial to me.â
However, she said following Christ does not mean âfollowing His followers.â She described Christ as âinfinitely more important than Christianity.â
Rice, the author of several bestselling novels about vampires, reportedly returned to Christianity in 1998 after a conversion experience. She pledged to write âonly for the Lord.â
In 2005 she published a book âChrist the Lord: Out of Egypt,â a fictional work about the childhood of Jesus narrated from his perspective.