Relationship between dimensions of religiosity, authoritarianism, and moral authority

Teymoori, Ali, Heydari, Arash and Nasiri, Hedayat (2014) Relationship between dimensions of religiosity, authoritarianism, and moral authority. Social Compass, 61 1: 92-107. doi:10.1177/0037768613514320

Author Teymoori, Ali
Heydari, Arash
Nasiri, Hedayat
Title Relationship between dimensions of religiosity, authoritarianism, and moral authority
Journal name Social Compass   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0037-7686
Publication date 2014-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0037768613514320
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 61
Issue 1
Start page 92
End page 107
Total pages 16
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage
Language eng
Subject 3314 Anthropology
1212 Religious studies
3312 Sociology and Political Science
Abstract The authors' purpose is to investigate the relationship between religiosity, authoritarianism, and moral authority by considering religiosity as a multidimensional construct and morality from its sources of influence. Religiosity, authoritarianism, and moral authority scales were applied to a sample of 109 students from one high school and one university college in Semirom city in the province of Isfahan, Iran. Results showed that religious beliefs, feelings and consequences are related to external sources but only religious beliefs and feelings correlate with the principal source of moral authority. Findings also demonstrated a significant relationship between religious consequences and authoritarianism, and that their combination significantly predicts the external source of moral authority. Findings are discussed in relation to previous studies and we argue that previous conclusions about the authoritarian tendency of religious people and their reliance on external sources of moral reasoning are mostly about the religious consequences dimension.
Keyword Authoritarianism
Moral authority
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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