Ladies and gentlemen, Anne Rice – religion’s ambassador to the secular arts world?

When you have your demon appear in Of Love and Evil, he asks Toby, “If that had really been the Holy Spirit, wouldn’t it have flooded you with consolation and light?” Do you think that there is a certainty that comes with evil? Why that phrase?

“What I was doing was having him pose the common Protestant idea, that once you convert you are flooded with the Holy Spirit and everything is simple after that. I mean, that’s an idea that’s been suggested to me again and again by Protestants. If you convert and you have that great feeling of peace and serenity, and then you sin, well some of them say you were never really converted in the first place. To me, that’s a self-serving and shallow argument. I think, as Toby finds out in the book, that the solace and peace that comes with the conversion does not necessarily last. We’re human beings. And we move away from that conversion, and though we may have seen miracles like Toby, we are still subject to doubts and fears because we are human. You know, we saw that in the New Testament. The apostles could see great miracles and still be out in a boat in a storm and still wake Jesus up and be scared. They just saw him feed five thousand people with seven loaves and fishes.”

There’s so very much more.


  1. Rufus McCain says

    Good stuff. I'm baffled about why she felt she had to bail out of the Church, rather than staying and disagreeing on certain points. I guess, from one angle, she respects it enough to leave it.

  2. Matthew Lickona says

    I really think it was people more than doctrine. I think she was scandalized by what she saw as a lack of love on the part of those who followed Love incarnate.

  3. Rufus McCain says

    You're probably right. But I think the question of homosexuality might have been a sticking point both from the standpoint of doctrine and perceived lack of charity.

  4. Matthew Lickona says

    Well, sure.

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