Religiosity, moral obligation, and the moral virtue of gratitude

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Jessica Lauren Navarro (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Jonathan Tudge

Abstract: The purpose of the current study was to examine relations among religiosity, moral obligation, and gratitude. Gratitude was conceptualized as a virtue and operationalized as connective gratitude; connective gratitude occurs when a benefactor freely gives a benefit to a beneficiary and the beneficiary, recognizing the good intentions of the benefactor, freely wishes to repay the benefactor if and when appropriate. Religiosity was examined on two dimensions: transcendence, defined as the extent of belief in God or a higher power, and interpretation, defined as the way religious content is processed from literal to symbolic. Analysis of a religiosity measure (PCBS), an open-ended survey to assess the expression of gratitude, and a vignette to assess moral obligation showed that there were no significant associations between the interpretation dimension of religiosity and gratitude, but that interpretation was related to the type of moral obligation expressed. In addition, there were no significant relations between the transcendent dimension of religiosity and either gratitude as a virtue or moral obligation. However, a significant association was found between a different type of gratitude (measured with the GQ-6) and the transcendence dimension, suggesting an inconsistency between these two ways of defining and measuring gratitude.

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Language: English
Date: 2019
Appreciation, Gratitude, Moral obligation, Moral virtue, Religiosity

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