Anne Rice is going to renounce her friends and family, convert to Judaism and start preparing for the imminent end of the world by wandering around in public with a sandwich board, haranguing strangers to repent. What, you think I’m kidding?
Q) I wanted to ask you about that, because you have said that you quit Christianity “in the name of Christ.” From a practical standpoint, what does that mean, how do you follow Christ without a church? Are there rituals that you intend to maintain?A) I think the basic ritual is simply prayer. It’s talking to God, putting things in the hands of God, trusting that you’re living in God’s world and praying for God’s guidance. And being absolutely faithful to the core principles of Jesus’ teachings.
Oh, okay, you might say she just means something about love and goodwill, but I’m going to take her at her literal word there. His “core principles” were quite a bit different than the clichés we’re all familiar with, most were not relevant or applicable to modern life, and I assume she knows that, given how much she professes to have studied scripture.
Speaking of clichés, reading yet more tripe about “organized religion” and how being an atheist means living in a dark, meaningless world has made me feel a little gloomy here. So I’m going to go read this again, probably the funniest thing I’ve seen written so far about Anne’s crisis of faith.