Ronald M. Green

Ronald M. Green on Bioethics and Philosophy of Religion

Essays delivered at the symposium celebrating the work and retirement of Professor of Religion Emeritus Ronald M. Green, held at Dartmouth in May, 2015 - "On Hope and Hard Choices: Ronald M. Green and Bioethics" by Karen Lebacqz, "The Paradox in Inwardness in Kant and Kierkegaard: Ronald M. Green's Legacy in Philosophy of Religion," by Stephen R. Palmquist, and Ron Green's response to those two essays - have now been published in the current issue of The Journal of Religious Ethics.

Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at Dartmouth

Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at Dartmouth: Thinking with Nancy K. Frankenberry and Ronald M. Green

Saturday, May 30, 2015
041 Haldeman Hall
Free & open to all

This one-day symposium marks the retirement of Nancy Frankenberry and Ronald Green. The symposium focuses on Nancy and Ron’s nationally recognized work in the fields of philosophy of religion and ethics. Robert Neville (Boston University) and Terry Godlove (Hofstra) will engage with Nancy’s work, and Stephen Palmquist (Hong Kong Baptist University) and Karen Lebacqz (Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley/Pacific School of Religion) will examine Ron’s. These presentations will be followed by responses by both professors.

Program Schedule

8:30am                 Coffee and morning pastries

9:00am                 Welcome

  • Adrian Randolph, Associate Dean, Arts & Humanities, Dartmouth College
  • Randall Balmer, Chair, Religion Department
  • Susan Ackerman, Preston H. Kelsey Professor of Religion

  9:15-10:15am     

"Brittany Maynard was courageous and right"

In an opinion piece for CNNOpinion, Professor Ronald M. Green declares his "strong support...for Brittany Maynard's impassioned efforts to to expand everyone's access to physician-assisted suicide. It is tragic that she died so young, but her life has made an important contribution to us all." Maynard was a 29-year-old with terminal brain cancer who ended her life today, November 3, 2014.

Professor Ronald M. Green's new book

Oxford University Press has just published a new book edited by Professor Ronald M. Green and Nathan J. Palpant, Suffering and Bioethics. The book brings together scientists and scholars from the fields of medicine, biology, neuroscience, theology, and bioethics to examine the meaning of suffering and its implications for medical interventions and medical training.

Professor Ronald M. Green on physician-assisted suicide

"There has been such monolithic opposition to assisted suicide from Christianity. To see this monolithic wall crack a little bit, from such a respected figure as Bishop Tutu, in particular, I think that it will reinforce the moral reasons that have come forth," says Professor Ronald Green in a forthcoming Lancet Oncology story about the debate in the United Kingdom to legalize physician-assisted suicide.

Proposed Treatment for Genetic Diseases Raises Issues

Research that some believe could lead to the creation of “designer babies” has raised a number of ethical issues, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has scheduled a hearing later this month to consider them, NPR reports.

The research in question would make changes to some of the genetic material in a woman’s egg, and thereby, the scientists hope, prevent genetically transmitted diseases from being passed down through the generations, NPR reports.

To address some of the ethical changes raised by the research, NPR turns for comment to Dartmouth’s Ronald Green, a professor of religion, the Eunice and Julian Cohen Professor for the Study of Ethics and Human Values.