The Gospel According to Anne Rice

Anne Rice ChristianYears ago I would enjoy a good Anne Rice book with her depiction of vampire life. Her take on vampires (while controversial) portrayed a thirst for blood like a drug addiction, immortality as a path towards isolation and loneliness and a burning desire for power. It was in her writing that I saw James 1: 14-15

…each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 15Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

But Anne Rice has left these writings as she returns to her Christian roots…

In two weeks, Anne Rice… will publish “Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt,” a novel about the 7-year-old Jesus, narrated by Christ himself. “I promised,” she says, “that from now on I would write only for the Lord.” It’s the most startling public turnaround since Bob Dylan’s “Slow Train Coming” announced that he’d been born again. Source MSNBC News

Some interesting stances she takes:

-Christ’s birth date of 11 B.C.
-James, Jesus’ disciple, is the son of Joseph by a previous marriage.
-The young Jesus studies with the historian Philo of Alexandria,
-She’s used legends of the boy Messiah’s miracles from the noncanonical Apocrypha such as bringing clay birds to life, striking a bully dead and resurrecting him.
-The article states that “Rice’s most daring move, though, is to try to get inside the head of a 7-year-old kid who’s intermittently aware that he’s also God Almighty.”

This should be pretty fascinating and/or disturbing.

  • Marcguyver

    October 25, 2005, 4:53 pm

    Ya, unfortunately I think it’s going to end up ‘leaning’ more towards the “disturbing” end of the spectrum.

  • Bruce

    October 25, 2005, 7:10 pm

    Very interesting. I guess she’s coming from a Catholic perspective, hence some of the apocryphal leanings, but that wouldn’t necessarily mean she’s butchered the portrayal of Christ in a faithful way. Writing a novel like this is a tough road to walk, Jesus is the centre of our belief and so take too many liberties and you’ll be entering the realm of heresy.

    But I’m still fascinated to see if she can pull it off in a way that is faitfhul to who we know Christ to be. In some ways, maybe someone like Anne Rice – totally out of the christian subculture – could write a book like this?

  • archshrk

    October 26, 2005, 7:47 am

    I’m totally making assumptions but I fear that not only will her work be unbiblical but that many people who claim to be christian will believe her fiction over the scriptures. Many fans took her version of vampires to be more authentic than the “historical” descriptions (aka, hollywood and other books). Too often people will accept what fits into their existing lifestyle rather than face the reality that they need to change.

    But even if her new book is complete hearesy, it could easily become the catalyst for true believers to stand up and proclaim the gospel. Either way, it’s in God’s hands and I will trust in Him.