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The Spirit of Contradiction in Christianity and Buddhism

Hugh Nicholson


This book examines the role of social identity processes in the development of two counterintuitive religious concepts. The first of these is the Christian claim that the Son is of the same substance as the Father, a concept which forms the basis of the orthodox doctrine of the Trinity. The second is the Buddhist doctrine of No-self, the claim that the personality is reducible to its impersonal physical and psychological constituents. Both doctrines are massively counterintuitive in the sense that they violate the default expectations that human beings spontaneously make about basic categories ... More

Keywords: No-self, Trinity, social identity theory, cognitive science of religion, comparative theology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190455347
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190455347.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hugh Nicholson, author
Associate Professor of Theology, Loyola University Chicago