Religious zeal and the uncertain self

  • McGregor I
  • Haji R
  • Nash K
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In two studies, personal uncertainty threats caused compensatory religious zeal. In Study 1 an academic uncertainty manipulation heightened conviction for religious beliefs and support for religious warfare. In Study 2 a relationship uncertainty manipulation caused non-Muslim's to derogate Islam. Together, these findings demonstrate that two aspects of religious zeal—conviction for one's own beliefs and derogation of others'—are caused by personal uncertainty.

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  • Ian McGregor

  • Reeshma Haji

  • Kyle A. Nash

  • Rimma Teper

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