Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology

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Hugh Nicholson, PhD

Title/s: Assistant Professor

Office #: Crown Center 445

Phone: 773.508.2484

E-mail: hnicholson@luc.edu

CV Link: Nicholson CV 2011 revised.pdf


Hugh Nicholson received his MA in Religion from Yale Divinity School and his Ph.D. (Systematic theology) from Boston College, where he studied under Francis X. Clooney, S.J. He specializes in comparative (interreligious) theology with a focus on the Christian and Hindu theological traditions. Before coming to Loyola, he was the Joseph E. McCabe Associate Professor of Religion at Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA. In 2004–2005 he was a Senior Fellow in the Martin Marty Center at the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Program Areas

His recently completed a book manuscript, tentatively entitled Theology, Comparison, and the Political: the new comparative theology and the problem of the ineluctability of religious rivalry (currently under review, OUP), attempts to reconcile the ideal of religious tolerance with a recognition of the extent to which religious identity is constructed by mobilizing religious difference. It does this in the context of developing a model of comparative theology. His current research project explores the agonistic dimension of philosophical-theological discourse by tracing the origins of the tradition of Indian logic (Nyaya) in the practice of polemical disputation.

Research Interests

Comparative theology; the interface between theology and the comparative study of religion; theology and postmodern thought; classical Indian philosophy

Selected Publications

"The Reunification of Theology and Comparison in the New Comparative Theology," Journal of the American Academy of Religion 77:3 (June 2009), pp. 1–38.

"The Political Nature of Doctrine: A Critique of Lindbeck in Light of Recent Scholarship," Heythrop Journal 48:6 (November 2007), pp. 857–876.

"Two Apologetic Moments in Sankara's Concept of Brahman," Journal of Religion 87:4 (October 2007), pp. 528–555.

"Comparative Theology After Liberalism," Modern Theology 23:2 (April 2007), pp. 229–251.

"A Correlational Model of Comparative Theology," Journal of Religion 85:2 (April 2005), pp. 191–213.