Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Elizabeth Fox-Genovese - From Death to Life

The holocaust continues, thanks to a new generation of crusaders against the least seen, heard, and most vulnerable victims.

The good news is when a Saul of Tarsus falls to his knees -- or in this case, her knees. Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, acclaimed feminist scholar and historian, started out strongly supporting women's "right" to abortion, but over the years, she became an outspoken defender of life.

The Eleonore Raoul Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History at Emory University, Dr. Fox-Genovese was the founding director of the Institute for Women's Studies. She was raised in a nominally Christian home and only after many years did she feel herself drawn to the Catholic Church. She finally decided to attend Mass at the Cathedral of Christ in Atlanta. She writes, "There, directly in front of me, was ... a Lord whom as yet I barely knew and who nonetheless seemed to hold me fast."

Much to her colleagues' dismay, she wrote Feminism is Not the Story of My Life in 1996. Dr. Fox-Genovese died January 2, 2007 "after a long illness," as it is said. One might say, alternatively, she victoriously entered into full communion with the Church Triumphant after a successful and faithful "transvaluation of values" of the culture of death to the values of culture of life abundant.

For the story of Dr. Fox-Genovese's conversion in her own words in First Things, go to A Conversion Story

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