|Anne Rice: she wrote about vampires before it was cool to write about vampires.|
As a young pre-teen and throughout my teenage years, I constantly questioned my religion and God. These were the stirrings that pushed me to think outside of the box within I was raised.
This also lead me to be attracted to others who also questioned. One such author that I read religiously (pun intended) is Anne Rice.
Known for her books about vampires and witches (and the extremely erotic Sleeping Beauty series exploring sexuality under a pseudonym A.N. Roquelaure), I was also drawn to her personal search, her own quest to understand God. She, too, was raised Catholic like I was. Throughout her novels, each of her characters sought to comprehend their own relationship with God.
Does God hate me because I am a vampire? Would God loathe me for my immortality and the fact that I must kill to live?
These characters echoed her own struggle for answers.
In the early 2000's, Anne began publishing books about the history of Jesus Christ. She had reverted back to Catholicism and found peace with her childhood religion again.
Again I devoured her books. I admired her tenacity for research and the way she could relate to these fictional or non-fictional characters and their struggle with understanding the Truth about Who They Are.
I have been following Anne on Facebook for quite a while now and I love that she is so active in communicating with her readers and fans. We are able to see, firsthand, her considerations regarding gay marriage, the sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic church and how she feels about all matter of current events.
Recently, she stunned everyone by announcing,
"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. In the name of Christ, 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."
She has gone further to state that she is a follower of Christ not a follower of Christianity.
Obviously this announcement has caused quite a stir. Anne Rice will interviewed on Nightline at 11:35 E.S.T. tonight to discuss this further.
I could link to page after page of responses to her announcement but instead I will link to her Facebook page so that you can see for yourself, if you're interested.
To many, organized religion is their truth. I was there, at one time, and hold nothing against anyone's religion or faith. Most of us believe in the same God, a higher power, the universe, a True Self, or not. However, just as we all have different tastes in food to fill us when we're hungry, we all have different tastes in doctrine too. I believe we're all right and we're all wrong.
Each person's truth is true to them. It fits them. But it may not fit everyone.
Personally, I completely understand where's she's coming from. I humorously refer to myself as a recovering Catholic. I find it difficult to put my faith in God-in-a-box. I believe our connection with God goes way beyond organized religion.
I get it and I say kudos to you, Ms. Rice.