By Olivia McFadden
The year 2009 marks the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s publication On the Origin of Species. The author became interested in the topic of the debate between creation and the theory of evolution many years ago and has read and studied about it over the years. She presents her reasons for coming down on the side of a literal reading of the first eleven chapters of the Book of Genesis in the Bible and attempts to show that this is a crucial issue for our time.
Olivia McFadden graduated with a B.A. in English from Trinity College in Washington,. D.C. She taught English in secondary school until her first child was born. In 1991 she obtained a certificate in Family Enrichment (54 credits) from the University of Navarre, Pamplona, Spain, and is a qualified family counselor. From 1991-1997 she worked for St. John Parish, McLean, Virginia, first as parish secretary and then as Director of Religious Education. That is where she met Dodi Reagan.
She and her husband wrote and published a bimonthly magazine on topics related to faith and family issues from 1984-1991 while they lived in Ireland.
Olivia lives with her husband, Tom, in McLean, Virginia. They have raised six children, five sons and a daughter.