An unlikely conversion story – Rosaria Butterfield, Professor at Syracuse University

rosaria bThis is a very unusual story of the redemption that only faith in Jesus Christ brings about. Here’s a snippet from Christianity Today on her journey from a „leftist lesbian professor, who despised Christians. Then she somehow became one.” Given an assignment to cover the Promise Keepers in 1977 she began her research project by reading the Bible, the book she felt was responsible for making the religious right the crazies that they seemed to be. Then, when she published her first attack piece in the local newspapers, the article generated a lot of responses on both sides. Out of the hundreds of letter responses she received, there was one letter she received from the Pastor of Syracuse Reformed Presbyterian Church. She threw his letter out, only to fish it out of the recycling bin, later that night.  Please watch the video below, in which Rosaria tells her story, or read the article in its entirety at Christianity Today. Here’s an excerpt:

From Christianity Today:

The word Jesus stuck in my throat like an elephant tusk; no matter how hard I choked, I couldn’t hack it out. Those who professed the name commanded my pity and wrath. As a university professor, I tired of students who seemed to believe that „knowing Jesus” meant knowing little else. Christians in particular were bad readers, always seizing opportunities to insert a Bible verse into a conversation with the same point as a punctuation mark: to end it rather than deepen it.

Stupid. Pointless. Menacing. That’s what I thought of Christians and their god Jesus, who in paintings looked as powerful as a Breck Shampoo commercial model.

As a professor of English and women’s studies, on the track to becoming a tenured radical, I cared about morality, justice, and compassion. Fervent for the worldviews of Freud, Hegel, Marx, and Darwin, I strove to stand with the disempowered. I valued morality. And I probably could have stomached Jesus and his band of warriors if it weren’t for how other cultural forces buttressed the Christian Right. Pat Robertson’s quip from the 1992 Republican National Convention pushed me over the edge: „Feminism,” he sneered, „encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians.” Indeed. The surround sound of Christian dogma comingling with Republican politics demanded my attention…

Read the entire article here-

2 comentarii (+add yours?)

  1. gabebogdan
    feb. 08, 2013 @ 22:50:29

    Irresistible grace in action… 🙂
    Something to learn here on how we treat others.

    • rodi
      feb. 08, 2013 @ 23:07:28

      definitely. How else can you explain it? And, then God sends along just the right pastor from the right church. I think one can clearly see God is guiding her every step of the way, in her conversion.

      Another thing that stuck out was the fallen methodist preacher, who recognized that his falling into his lifestyle was due to God giving him over to his passions, because he persisted in his sin, as he pointed to Romans 1:24.

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