- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 7, 2008

Explaining vampires

“I recently posted an essay on my Web site on my earlier work. I think this essay has answered quite a few questions from my Christian readers who are unacquainted with the books.

“Basically I see the entire ‘Vampire Chronicles’ as a search for God, a search for the light. The vampire was a metaphor for me, in the atheistic world, grieving for a lost faith, for the lost possibility of grace. I think that vampires are powerfully metaphorical for people, especially young people because the vampires (in my work, at any rate) are always in rebellion, refusing to be shut out of life, trying desperately to see deliverance through love of one another, through painting, through music.

“All my earlier work is united by these themes. The erotic element in the books was never there to sell books; it was something that came naturally to me, especially in my younger years.”

-Anne Rice, in an interview with the Rev. Dwight Longenecker, on July 31 at First Things

Scientific religion?

“Can a religion be built on nature and science, rather than God and sacred texts? And, if it could, would it be better than the old-fashioned religions it is replacing? …

“For starters, getting people to worship the new scientific creation story will be no easy task. A few dynamic speakers like Brian Greene and, until recently, Stephen Hawking, can fill auditoriums with gee-whiz scientific stories of hidden dimensions and many universes. But most people prefer to watch sports and, perhaps not surprisingly, even more attend conventional religious services. Darwinism and big-bang cosmology have never been near and dear to human hearts, especially those filled with old-time religion. …

“For science to become a true object of worship, it must elbow aside the reassuring and seductively simple belief that ‘God loves you.’ This deeply personal faith statement would have to be replaced with one that says something like: ‘The cosmos worked really long and hard to create you and you should be really appreciative.’”

-Karl Giberson, writing on “What’s Wrong with Science as Religion” on July 31 at Salon

Lambeth outcome

“My, my, my … the drama. One would think the Episcopal Church has really been ‘slapped down,’ that things are actually going to change for the worse for Episcopal revisionists. Nothing could be further from the truth. …

“There’s no possibility at all that any Lambeth ‘moratoria’ will be followed, because they’re not moratoria at all. They’re simply - as the revisionists will continually remind us - ‘requests,’ and requests, of course, can be denied. And even if they were elevated to the realm of ‘moratoria,’ they would have been issued - again, as the revisionists will continually remind us - by a body with no power to enforce anything …

“At any rate, Lambeth’s decision not to decide is a huge victory for American revisionists; … the more savvy among them understand full well than every time the gay question is put to the Anglican Communion, and the answer is, ‘let’s keep talking,’ it is in fact a victory for them. It is one more day of dry heat that allows their cement to set.”

-Greg Griffith, writing on “Saddle Up, Boys … We’ve Got a Long Way to Go” on Aug. 4 at Stand Firm in Faith

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