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The interplay between religion, morality, and community-making is a core theme across human experience, yet scholars have only recently begun to quantify these links. Drawing on a sample of 1512 self-identified religious – mainly Christian 86.0% – New Zealanders, we used structural equation modeling to test hypothesized associations between Religious Orientations Quest, Intrinsic, Extrinsic Personal, Extrinsic Social and Moral Foundations Care-Harm, Fairness-Cheating, Loyalty-Betrayal, Authority-Subversion, Sanctity-Degradation. Our results show, for the first time in a comprehensive model, how different ways of valuing communities are associated with different ways of valuing religion.

Author: Joseph Bulbulia , Danny Osborne, Chris G. Sibley



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