Saturday, 5 September 2009

Anne Rice, "Called Out of Darkness: a Spiritual Confession"

Enjoyed very much reading Anne Rice, Called Out of Darkness: a Spiritual Confession (2008). It’s a fascinating account of how she got from vampires to Jesus. This from a woman who was until 1998 and for some thirty eight years, an atheist secular humanist.
On Doctrine
In sum, I am a conservative when it comes to doctrine because this is what I see! This is what I have found in the texts. This is what makes sense to my mind. The novelist in me has found this complex web of truth and meaning in these books when, frankly, I did not expect to find anything so powerful at all. 222
On the canon of Scripture
To accept the canon means to accept all of the canon. And that means there will be no easy resolution ever, and that learning to live with this tension, in love, is what we must do.
This may come across as simplistic. It is not simplistic. It is life changing and endlessly difficult, and the steadfast determination to love is threatened at every moment. We walk a tightrope over a pit of grasping demons when we insist upon love. And sometimes we walk alone. 226-227
On the Point
She had discovered that the point of the faith is to love. Jesus first and then everyone, without exception.