“Train-Wreck Conversion”: How An Atheist, Feminist & Lesbian Professor, Rosaria Butterfield, Came to Faith.

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Butterfield earned her PhD from Ohio State University in English Literature. She served in the English Department and Women Studies Program at Syracuse University from 1992 to 2002, and during her academic career, she published a book as well as many articles (1). Much of her work was on feminist theory, queer theory, and 19th century British literature. Butterfield was also in a committed homosexual relationship as well as served as the faculty advisor for a number of gay and lesbian student groups on campus (2).

However, quite remarkably, she had what she refers to as a “train-wreck conversion” (3). She came to believe in Jesus and, as a result, committed to a life…

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