Heave, Hell and Crime Rates:
IS THERE A CORRELATION?
With secularism on the rise in the U.S., Several studies for and against religion have flooded the airwaves.
Some people say that an unaffiliated person would be more likely to commit a crime (as they lack moral judgement that religion provides) while others counter that a religious person is more likely to commit a crime due to religious zeal.
THE STATE OF RELGION VS. NONES
Biblically, people who do not believe in God are "Corrupt" and the doers of "abominable deeds"
There's also a historical stigma attached to lack of religious affiliation, but that appears to be dying down.
It may seem reasonable to conclude that religious people are more morally inclined. therefore less likely to commit a crime.
According to a recent Pew Research Center Roll. being without a religion (or a 'none') is on the rise: (1)
of the U.S. public is religiously unaffiliated
1 in 3
adults under 30 are religiously unaffiliated.
In stark contrast, only 6% of people 65+ are unaffiliated.
of those without religion stated they were not looking for a religion.
In a massive paper, Phil Zuckerman discussed 9 and 1/2 pages of studies, surveys, and polls on how religion, atheism, and secularism affect society. (2)
The paper is called: "Atheism, Secularity, and well-Being: How the Findings of Social Science counter Negative stereotype and Assumptions".
He concluded that if anything, atheism and secularity affect society in a much more positive way than religion.
BUT REALLY (SAYS A STUDY), IT'S NOT ABOUT RELIGION.
It's about the king of God people believe in, A crecent, comprehensive study of more than
143,000 people in 67 countries
suggests that believing in a forgiving God accounts for more violent crime than an unforgiving God. (3)
A higher national crime rate can be predicted for a nation that has a stronger belief in heaven than it does in hell.
The study itself labels its findings correlative, but the patterns of results - lower and higher rates of crime based on a belief in heaven or hell - may be causal.
BUT YOU'RE PROBABLY WONDERING...
Does religion contribute to a less peaceful culture in the US?
Most religious States:(4)
North Carolina 50%
South Carolina 54%
Least Religious States(4)
New Hampshire 23%
Rhode Island 32%
New York 32%
District of Columbia 32%
If theory holds, less religious affiliation would mean more peace.
13 Most 10 Least
Peaceful States (5) Peaceful States (5)
New Harmpshire Tennessee
North Dakota Alabama
Rhode Island Oklahoma
Iowa South Carolina
Of these, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont. Massachusetts, Rhode Island.and Washington fall int the model: less religious, more peaceful.
Of these, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, South Carolina. Tennessee, and Oklahoma fall into the model: more religious, less peaceful.
Bit Utah, which has the second highest percentage of very religious Americans, is more peaceful as well.
But Nevada, which has a low percentage of very religious Americans, is one of the least peaceful states.