Almost a couple of years after we learned that Anne Rice left Christianity, here are a couple of update interviews where she talks about how she feels about organized religion and her reasons for leaving Christianity.
In her original coming out statement, she declared:
Today I quit being a Christian. I'm out ... 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 a Christian, Amen.
Well, so now we know she's a self-professed non-Christian Christian. I wonder if there's a Venn Diagram for this?
….and for some reason I'm wondering what kind of car she drives, if she drives.
Or, maybe she's one of those, "I don't believe in driving anymore. I drive a 1975 Mercury Marquis" ...Kinda' people.
Let me see if I understand this ... she doesn't believe in Christ or the church; does she continue to pray? what is Jesus, the son of god or of man? Was he born of a virgin?
What does any of this mean, anyway? She has an opinion and I am not going to be one to doubt her sincerity, just her judgment.
She believes in all the Jesus stuff, she just doesn't want to be lumped in with the rest of the people who believe in all the Jesus stuff but, (and I think this gets to the heart of Ms. Rice's big, …uh, …but) their interpretation of all the Jesus stuff offends her.
The ol' Reverse No True Scotsman maneuver...
…and she's so much better than they are in her Jesusness.
Well, really, how does anyone know if Jesus was the son of anyone? I mean, how many naked pictures have you seen of Jesus? He might really have been the daughter of man. Or really, the daughter of woman. That's why she had 12 men following her everywhere. She was really alluring. If Mary did not have intercourse with a man, then there would have been no sperm, and all Y chromosomes derive from sperm. That means Jesus would be XX. And thus female. Well, actually there is de la Chapelle syndrome, which is XX male. Damn, I just discredited my own argument. Wait - one of the X's in de la Chapelle contains Y element from the father, which was transferred to the X. So it still takes a sperm. I rest my case.
Richard, I doubt that any photographs you have of Jesus would be reliable. Even if clearly labeled "Jesus", there were a lot of kids named "Jesus" at the time. No way to know which one.
Larry would welcome all, even a 1975 Mercury Marquis. Even (take a deep breath) a 1971 Ford Pinto. I know this because Larry told me.
I used the Marquis as an example because it's such an Anne Rice-esque word.
Lawrence, Undead Marquis of Nazareth (PA)
Anne Rice probably believes in Larry, has a car and a personal mechanic but wants nothing to do with other people with cars or mechanics ...who believe in Larry.
Seriously, this needs a Venn diagram in three dimensions or something...
F'ckin' hypocrites, I hate 'em, …unless they like …give me money and stuff...
I'm so dense sometimes. Now I get it. I think your earlier Venn diagram works just fine.
well, according to the Jesus Seminary which is the only attempt ever carried out at discerning empirically the historical Jesus, only about 18% of what he is said to have done and said he actually said and did. Jesus Seminary believes in a historical Yeshua but not the supernatural claims about him, in fact they actually put out a Gospel according to the Jesus Seminary with their scholarly findings.
I don't know, I don't care, I think the idea of Jesus will never go away, he is a cultural icon, similar to the cultural heroes of other civilizations and I do think secular humanists should take him back.
I don't think Jesus as described in the bible really existed. There may have been several cult figures who were popular among disaffected 1st-century Jews and the gospel writers just cobbled together various tales and myths about them. My favorite take on the generation of the Jesus myth is Monty Python's Life of Brian. Probably not too far off the mark!