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Is the Bible Correct? BC Prof's Book Examines the Question

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Dr. Robert McFadden, the Anna B. Mow Professor Emeritus of Religion at Bridgewater College, has published a collection of essays under the title, Is the Bible Correct?And Other Essays.

The book also contains the essays "Noah and the Flood" and "The War in Nigeria," as well as the 1998 baccalaureate address McFadden delivered at Bridgewater; articles on biblical interpretation ("Second Isaiah," "Theophanies," "Archaeology and Faith," "Science and Religion"); reflections on the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s; and a diary he kept in 1953 as a 24-year-old traveling to Europe aboard a ship hauling cattle for Brethren Service to Europe.

The essay that gives the book its title is a response to the continuing debate in churches about the place of gays and lesbians, and the place of women in the ministry of the church.

"That debate," said McFadden, "crosses denominational lines."

McFadden retired from Bridgewater College in 1998 after 37 years of service. He went on to volunteer as a teacher for six years at the Lifelong Learning Institute at James Madison University and taught general church history in the summers of 2004 and 2007 in the Shenandoah District Christian Growth Institute as part of an educational program for ordination in the ministry of the Brethren.

McFadden also taught biblical themes in the Altruistic Class of the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren, advised and mentored two Training-in-Ministry (TRIM) students in the Shenandoah District Church of the Brethren and has served as district coordinator for the TRIM program.

Additionally, he has given of his time, talent and energy to the executive committee and board of the Bridgewater Home Auxiliary.

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