Last Wednesday Anne Rice announced that she has left Christianity. Rice is known for her Vampire Chronicles series including Interview with the Vampire and The Queen of the Damned. In 2005 she began publishing a series of books based on the life of Christ. Christ Our Lord: Out of Egypt was published in 2005 and followed by Christ Our Lord: Road to Cana in 2008.
Via her Facebook page, Rice stated “For those who care, and I understand if you don’t: Today I 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.”
Would you stay a Christian if it conflicted with your conscience? Is is possible to advance Christ’s kingdom without bearing the title Christian?