Anne Rice’s recent announcement that she was “quitting Christianity” is yet another voice being added to the chorus of modern Christians who claim to have forsaken Christianity. Although there was nothing particularly novel or unique about Rice’s statement, hers has received an inordinate amount of press attention. Apparently now that every drop of crude has been wrung out of the Gulf oil spill, the American media is returning to its former fascinations and obsessions—and denigrating the church and Christianity is one of its perennial favorites. If you doubt this, I can assure you that I am speaking from personal experience. One of my weekday morning rituals is to locate positive and encouraging articles about Christianity and the church on the internet. It’s nearly as challenging as hunting for elk in Florida—maybe even more so.

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