AB Professor Presents Research on Prayer and Belief at Annual Conference

AB Professor Presents Research on Prayer and Belief at Annual Conference

Dr. Danny L. Franke, professor of religion and philosophy at Alderson Broaddus University, was selected to present his research at the 21st Annual Conference of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.

At the conference last fall, Dr. Franke joined two other ethics professionals addressing prayer and belief. Dr. Franke’s research, titled “When Are Religious Values One’s Own?: Ethical Dilemmas in Adolescent Health Care,” examines the ethical dilemmas encountered when religious beliefs held by adolescents conflict with the standard practice of medicine. Through examining three religious traditions that incorporate a sense of ownership in religion, Franke suggests more serious respect for adolescents’ beliefs should be considered when making critical medical decisions.

“My goal was to create a dialogue to explore giving more weight to the conviction of minors,” explained Dr. Franke. “As part of my research, I explore how religion and ethics work together. Drawing from my clinical experience, teaching experience, and life experiences, I want to inspire exploration in and out of the classroom.”

Dr. Franke came to Alderson Broaddus University in 1996 as a chaplain and associate professor of religion and philosophy. “When I joined the Alderson Broaddus family, the goal was to teach medical ethics to both the physician assistant and nursing students and teach religion and philosophy to the undergraduates, as well as take up the responsibilities of the chaplain. AB was a good fit for me, and as they say, the rest is history.”

Dr. Franke earned a Ph.D. in philosophy with a concentration in clinical medical ethics from the University of Tennessee, a Master of Theology in Christian ethics from Princeton Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University. In addition to his role as professor, Dr. Franke is the chaplain at Mountain Hospice in Belington, chairs the Medical Ethics Committees of Davis Health System and Barbour County Home Health/Mountain Hospice, and serves on the Board of Trustees for Broaddus Hospital and Davis Health System.

This year’s annual ASBH conference themed Remembrance and Resilience: How Bioethics and Humanities Can Move Forward, was an opportunity for physicians, nurses, attorneys, historians, philosophers, professors, and many more to network and share their perspectives and research. The 22nd annual conference will be held virtually in October; Dr. Franke plans to submit further research for the upcoming event.

About ASBH

ASBH is a multidisciplinary not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting an exchange of ideas and fostering multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and interprofessional scholarship, research, teaching, policy development, professional development, and collegiality among people engaged in all endeavors related to clinical and academic bioethics and the health-related humanities. The more than 1,700 members of ASBH are healthcare professionals, teachers, consultants, and others who have an interest in the fields of bioethics and humanities. 

About Alderson Broaddus University

Alderson Broaddus University is an independent institution of higher learning, committed to serving the region as an academic, cultural, and religious resource, with programs based on a liberal arts foundation.

The mission of AB is to provide students with the highest quality education, striving to prepare students to succeed in their chosen disciplines and to fulfill their roles in a diverse society as well-rounded and responsible citizens.

Since its founding in 1871, AB has been a leader and innovator in higher education, with accolades in the health and natural sciences. Alderson Broaddus University stands out as one of the most innovative health education providers in Appalachia, pioneering the nation’s first baccalaureate physician assistant program of its kind in 1968, a post-baccalaureate physician assistant master’s degree program in 1993, and West Virginia’s first baccalaureate nursing program in 1945.

AB is located on a historic hilltop in Barbour County in Philippi, West Virginia. The University is rooted in historic and continuing relationships with the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. and the West Virginia Baptist Convention.

For more information about AB, visit www.ab.edu.

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