Monday, March 16, 2015

Rosaria Butterfield

"Salvation begins with God's sovereign initiation--not with my intellectual assent to a worldview, or a set of moral ideas or a desire to be happy.  It is a dangerous lie to say Christians are merely people who believe in Jesus. Even the demons believe in Jesus.  After God's sovereign invitation, after the Holy Spirit removes the heart of stone and replaces it with a heart of flesh we fall on our faces as we hear the still, small voice of God."

This is a quote from Rosaria Butterfield.  She "is a writer, speaker, homemaker, and former tenured professor of English at Syracuse University. Butterfield, who earned her Ph.D. from Ohio State University in English Literature, served in the English Department and Women Studies Program at Syracuse University from 1992 to 2002.Butterfield is more widely known today for the autobiography she published, "The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor's Journey into the Christian Faith," in which she tells about her transformation from a postmodern lesbian professor to a wife of a Reformed Presbyterian Church pastor and homeschooling mother."

Hers is a great story, a potent and clear example of God's sovereignty in action, of election, of the power of pre-suppositionalism, of Reformed (Biblical) theology--theology "that matters."  Her discussion of Romans 1 at 13:40 . . . showing the relationship to Genesis 3 and Eve's desire for self-serving autonomy . . . is really something . . . considering her background.  Also her thought provoking perspective on homosexuality (and Biblical) showing it as a "consequential" sin more than "causal" . . . . 

Anyway, Rosaria provides a profound, important witness to our post-modern, Romans 1 culture.....


Anonymous said...

I read her autobiography. Powerful stuff. She wrote something that truly stuck with me. She and her husband could not have children because of her advanced age at the time of their marriage. She said, at the time of her conversion, that she was surprised to find out how old she actually was. She realized that "sin infantilizes a person." Illuminating.


Mark said...

This is how one puts off their ornaments and is consumed in the way!

3 Unto a land flowing with milk and honey: for I will not go up in the midst of thee; for thou art a stiffnecked people: lest I consume thee in the way.

4 And when the people heard these evil tidings, they mourned: and no man(man/woman) did put on him his ornaments.

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