Author Anne Rice Quits “Being a Christian”

"I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being 'Christian' or to being part of Christianity"

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    Anne Rice has quit Christianity.

    Hell hath no fury like a vampire writer scorned.

    Anne Rice, the author of “Interview with a Vampire” and other gothic novels, announced in a flurry of posts on her Facebook page Wednesday that she had “quit” Christianity.

    “For those who care, and I understand if you don't: Today I quit being a Christian. I'm out,” Rice wrote. “I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being 'Christian' or to being part of Christianity. “

    Rice wrote that for 10 years she’s tried and “failed” to fit in with followers of  "this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group.”

    “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,” wrote Rice, whose son Christopher is an openly gay author. “In the name of ...Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen.”

    Rice’s publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, confirmed to The Associated Press Thursday that the posts were by the 68-year-old bestselling scribe of vampire novels, who has talked in recent years of experiencing a religious awakening since growing up as a Catholic.

    In 2005, Rice penned "Christ the Lord: Out of Egpyt," a novel depicting Jesus Christ as a child. Three years later, Rice released a memoir entitled "Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession."

    A day after announcing she’d quit the religion, Rice posted a series of passages from the New Testament on her Facebook page and explained that Christ was still “central to my life.”

    “My 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,” she wrote on Thursday. “But following Christ does not mean following His followers. Christ is infinitely more important than C...hristianity and always will be, no matter what Christianity is, has been, or might become.”