Religiosity and Group-Binding Moral Concerns

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Research by Graham and Haidt (2010) suggests that beliefs, rituals, and other social aspects of religion establish moral communities. As such, they suggest religion is most strongly associated with the group-focused “binding” moral foundations of ingroup/loyalty, authority/respect, and purity/sanctity. Two studies tested this hypothesis, investigating the role of political orientation in these relationships. These studies supported our hypothesis that general religiosity is positively associated with each of the group-focused moral foundations, even when controlling for the role of political orientation. Further, we find religious and political orientations interact such that low-religious political liberals are least likely to endorse group-focused moral intuitions. Results are discussed in a moral foundations framework and consider the role of religiosity’s association with political orientation and group-focused moral foundations.

Religiosity and Group-Binding Moral Concerns

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    Religious and Non-Religious Endorsement of Moral Foundations, Study 1. Error bars represent sem.
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    Endorsement of Moral Foundations by Religiousness and Political Orientation, Study 1. Groups represent +/− 1 standard deviations, error bars represent sem.
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    Religious and Non-Religious Endorsement of Moral Foundations, Study 2. Error bars represent sem.
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    Endorsement of Moral Foundations by Religiousness and Political Orientation, Study 2. Groups represent +/− 1 standard deviations, error bars represent sem.


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