Examining the Relationships between Religiosity, Spirituality, and Morality in a Nigerian Sample

  • Fabian O Ugwu Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, Ebonyi State, Nigeria
  • Festus O Asogwa Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, Ebonyi State, Nigeria
Keywords: Nigerian sample, religiosity, spirituality, morality

Abstract

Environmental pressure has led to wanton changes that have undermined traditional ethics and created an atmosphere of moral drift. The present study examined the relationships between religiosity, spirituality and morality in a Nigerian sample. One hundred and eighty five participants that took part in the study were sampled from across three religious organisations in Benue state, North-central, Nigeria. As expected, the results of the multiple regression analyses computed revealed that religiosity was not significantly related to morality, whilst spirituality was positively related with morality. The findings of the study portray most religious people in Nigeria as hypocritical because they seem not to match the faith they profess with appropriate actions expected of them. But those who reported high scores on daily spiritual experience are guided by their faith to do right. The findings of the study suggest that individuals may not be religious but sanctimonious, and fail to match words with actions, hence the pervasiveness of immoral behaviours that characterise the Nigerian society.

Author Biographies

Fabian O Ugwu, Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, Ebonyi State, Nigeria

Department of Psychology

Festus O Asogwa, Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, Ebonyi State, Nigeria

Department of Psychology

Published
2018-07-07
How to Cite
Ugwu, F., & Asogwa, F. (2018). Examining the Relationships between Religiosity, Spirituality, and Morality in a Nigerian Sample. Journal of Psychology and Sociological Studies, 2(1). Retrieved from http://journals.aphriapub.com/index.php/JPSS/article/view/67
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