Religiosity and morality stood out because it is a controversial topic that is compelling to learn about. Everyday life can be affected by these two factors in a positive or negative light. People do not usually think about the morals they obtain and where their morals came from. Researching this topic and understanding the relationship between these two issues will provide a better, clearer view of how people respond in different situations.
The relationship between religiosity and morality are contingent on one another. Researchers show that growing up in a religious home can indicate positive growth with good morals. There are always exceptions to that theory though. Plenty of so called “religious people” are far from possessing good morals. If one has good morals, it may not necessarily mean one is a religious person. Although, many people containing good morals practice some type of faith or worship a higher power. A person who is truly religious will carry good morals. However, one who carries good morals possibly does not always believe in a religion.
Understanding this concept could be difficult if one does not realize what it means to have good morals. Morality is the distinction of knowing between right and wrong, good and bad. This judgment happens in everyday activities and can be as small as a little white lie or as big as killing someone. Studies show different ways of one’s morality forming. One way, researchers believe, is from one’s religion and what one believes in. If one is a Christian then they would learn from what God says is right or wrong in The Bible. If one is Islamic, one would believe what Allah says is right and wrong and what is in The Qur’an. One might also learn what is right from wrong from whom they are surrounded. Other people make an influential impact on one if they are surrounded by them long enough. One might learn from others mistakes or see the judgment decisions others make and develop their own set of morals.
Religion comes into play when an adolescent is growing up around religious parents. Growing up and learning what is right or wrong, deals with listening to parents or by doing something and getting a reaction back from the parents. Having religious beliefs and knowing where one stands will help develop one’s morals. Studies show that there is a link between youth who have positive behaviors and religiosity. Negative behaviors in the same study were shown to be lowered in these same youth. Most religions place great emphasis on empathy (concern for others) and frown upon aggression (lack of concern for others). Religion has been positively related to pro-social behaviors. In one study, deep-seated religiosity proved to be positively associated with empathy while superficial religiosity was negatively associated with empathy. Religious youth are less likely to show delinquent tendencies while non-religious youth show delinquent and aggressive behaviors.
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