Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Anne Rice and Jesus

Throughout history - from the DaVinci Code and the work of Walker
Percy or Flannery O'Connor, back through Pilgrim's Progress and the
Divine Comedy to the parables of Jesus -- fictional narratives have
been important ways for authors and readers to explore matters of
ultimate concern. Anne Rice here places herself in this rich
tradition. Yes, this portrayal of Jesus will engender controversy -
but it will also convey a sense of the political, social, and
religious milieu into which Jesus came, which will in turn shed new
light on the meaning of his teaching, life, and passion. Highly

Brian McLaren

"I promised that from now on I would write only for the Lord."

Anne Rice

A couple of weeks ago, some friends of mine and I were in BWI Airport getting ready to fly to Atlanta for the Catalyst Conference and I was intrigued when I saw someone reading an Anne Rice book called Christ the Lord - Out of Egypt. I remember vaguely feeling that it wouldn't be a book I'd want to read.

Then I saw a newspaper article about Rice's forthcoming historical novel treating Jesus' childhood and realized that the man I saw was reading a pre-publication copy. Newsweek recently ran a piece chronicling Rice's return to the Catholicism and Gene Edward Veith has mentioned her recent change of direction on this site.

Looks like my first instinct was incorrect!


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