Danube is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Study of Religion at Harvard University. Her research focuses on early modern natural law, Christian political theology, and constructions of race, slavery, and consent in natural rights discourse. She received a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion at Temple University in 2014 and a M.T.S. in Philosophy of Religion at Harvard Divinity School in 2016.
A search for origins is also always a search for meaning. In a time of political crisis such as ours, when origin narratives are especially tempting, fresh reminders of their limitations and violent potential are welcome.
First, we must all remember our history and stop the blatant amnesia behind racial and power dynamics in our field…Women and enslaved persons were not a part of the founders’ initial understanding. The same is true for the founding identities of the Society of Biblical Literature.