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Morality and Religion: A Psychological Perspective
Morality and Religion: A Psychological Perspective

Author(s): Oana Negru, Adrian Opre, Anca Mustea
Subject(s): Psychology
Published by: SACRI - Societatea Academica de Cercetare a Religiilor si Ideologiilor
Keywords: psychology of morality; religion and morality; cultural psychology and moral development

Summary/Abstract: The present article investigates how psychological theories of morality approach the relation between morality and religion, debating the role religion plays in human moral development in contemporary societies. Firstly, we critically discuss how the major approaches of morality in psychological theory and research view human moral conduct and moral reasoning. Secondly, we appraise cultural psychology conceptualizations of morality, depicting how they fit religion in a relativist approach on what is moral. Thirdly, capitalizing on the findings of cross-cultural research regarding the relation between morality and religion, we debate and present a pilot study on directions in researching the relation between religion and a psychological approach of morality.

  • Issue Year: 9/2010
  • Issue No: 26
  • Page Range: 18-35
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: English