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WEDNESDAY, JUN 20, 2012  |  5 comments
Belief in Hell Predicts a Country's Crime Rates More Accurately Than Other Social or Economic Factors
Religion is often thought of as psychological defense against bad behavior, but researchers have recently found that the effect of religion on pro-social behaviors may actually be driven by the belief in hell and supernatural punishment rather than faith in heaven and spiritual benevolence.

In a large analysis of 26 years of data consisting of 143,197 people in 67 countries, psychologists found significantly lower crime rates in societies where many people believe in hell compared to those where more people believed in heaven.

"The key finding is that, controlling for each other, a nation's rate of belief in hell predicts lower crime rates, but the nation's rate of belief in heaven predicts higher crime rates, and these are strong effects," lead author Azim Shariff, professor of psychology and director of the Culture and Morality Lab at the University of Oregon said in a university news release. ...


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Nate | Grand Rapids  Find all comments by Nate
Evangelism should be about Christ!
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News Item6/21/12 3:05 PM
Lundy  Find all comments by Lundy
"psychologists found significantly lower crime rates in societies where many people believe in hell compared to those where more people believed in heaven"

Perhaps this is why Jesus is said to preach hell in the Gospels more than anybody else.

Evangelism should be about hell - not heaven.

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News Item6/21/12 8:24 AM
Scott McMahan | Internet  Protected NameFind all comments by Scott McMahan
Jim Lincoln wrote:
Well, there was a lot of nonsense in this article...
Real scientists don't take social science seriously, and this study is a good example of why.
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News Item6/20/12 5:07 PM
Russ | Texas  Find all comments by Russ
You made some good observations Jim. They rely aren't comparing apples to apples. To compare the west to much of the rest of the world with all the varying standards of crime just doesn't work.
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News Item6/20/12 2:57 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Well, there was a lot of nonsense in this article, for one thing crimes in Islamic countries are under reported, and the punishment of crimes are crimes themselves in Muhammadan countries because of Shari'a law, qv., Top ten reasons why sharia is bad for all societies.

Societies that have works salvation, especially Catholic and Islamic ones are always going to have a high crime rate, however, because the members of those societies think they can buy off God at a later time.

I think these arm-chair scientists are going to have to look very much deeper of what is crime in countries that have islam: The Religion of Peace as their major religion, and should look over such articles as, How Islam Killed Greco-Roman Civilization.

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