Danube Johnson

Danube Johnson

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.


Genealogy in the Present

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.

In times as uncertain as ours, these reflections serve as welcome reminders of the importance of political resistance, critique, and the near-militant self-awareness that characterizes Thoreau’s work.

It is ironic but evident that self-preservation and its varied expressions like self-interest and self-defense are routinely used to justify neglect, violence, and brutality towards others.


It seems like an important task of political theology is to critically reflect on moments of political crisis by pulling back the veil on its latent theological content.