The Roles of Religiosity and Spirituality in Moral Reasoning

Rachel Baumsteiger, Tiffany Chenneville, Joseph McGuire

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)266-277
Number of pages12
JournalEthics and Behavior
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • ethics
  • Forsyth
  • gender
  • moral reasoning
  • religiosity
  • spirituality

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  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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The Roles of Religiosity and Spirituality in Moral Reasoning. / Baumsteiger, Rachel; Chenneville, Tiffany; McGuire, Joseph.

In: Ethics and Behavior, Vol. 23, No. 4, 01.07.2013, p. 266-277.

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Baumsteiger, Rachel ; Chenneville, Tiffany ; McGuire, Joseph. / The Roles of Religiosity and Spirituality in Moral Reasoning. In: Ethics and Behavior. 2013 ; Vol. 23, No. 4. pp. 266-277.
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