The roles of religiosity and spirituality in moral reasoning.
To better understand the influence of religiosity and spirituality on moral reasoning, 1,037 college students completed a survey including demographic questions, a religiosity measure, a spirituality measure, and Forsyth’s Ethical Position Questionnaire. Religiosity and spirituality positively correlated with moral idealism, whereas spirituality negatively correlated with moral relativism. However, religiosity and spirituality accounted for a very little variability in moral reasoning, suggesting that they do not directly influence moral reasoning. In addition, female participants reported higher spirituality, but there were no gender differences on a spirituality measure. Future research is needed to examine other factors that may influence moral reasoning.
Baumsteiger, R., Chenneville, T., & McGuire, J.F. (2013). The roles of religiosity and spirituality in moral reasoning. Ethics and Behavior, 23(4), 266-277. doi:10.1080/10508422.2013.782814
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