America’s Blessings: How Religion Benefits Everyone, Including Atheists by Rodney Stark is an important book that deserves more attention.
A post I wrote in June that included an overview of Stark’s book resulted in the Evolutionist/Atheist equivalent of flying monkeys swooping down and attacking this “unwelcome news.” It did not fit the preconceived, prejudiced views of how practicing Christians are suppose to behave. Turns out religious people are not knuckle dragging nut jobs that would be far better off if they abandoned their pre-modern beliefs. A few people posted attacks on my original post, but they have not evolved polite language, so I had to remove them. I invited them to repost their disagreements without the foul language but no one chose to repeat their comments using civil language.
Because Starks findings are so under reported, I will use my blog to share his well researched conclusions. Today’s topic is Religion and Crime.
Stark cited a 2010 study that noticed that 14 of 16 popular criminology textbooks did not have the word “religion” in the index and the other two gave it no more than a couple of pages of attention. This is a major blind spot, given that religion has a strong message of living a moral life and not a criminal life. It should have a measurable impact on crime. Stark surmises that it was not part of the textbooks because of the inbred anti-religion perception of the education community. Stark had to find original sources to find out what effect religion has on crime. These findings should not be surprising to practicing Christians, but they are not well known in general society.
Stark used the General Social Surveys (GSS) which are annual national samples of adults created to provide free data for all interested researchers. Here is what Stark found:
Percentage of Adults Who Report Having Been Picked Up By the Police
Number of Cases
Percent Picked Up
This research shows that people who report no religious affiliation are 2-5 times more likely to have a run-in with the police than those that report a religious affiliation.
From this table we can see that frequent church attendance also means a lower rate of police attention than by those that don’t attend church.
Stark’s book also uses UN stats to show that crime rates in Europe with much fewer religious people sees higher crime rates than in the U.S where the majority of citizens are religious.
So why is this kind of research not given greater attention? Stark recognizes that while the overwhelming majority of Americans are religious, it is unfortunate that the overwhelming majority of academics and journalists are not religious. These biased, secular, and liberal gatekeepers to information are not interested in promoting news that shows religion in a positive light.
Thank God that blogs and other forms of social media are able to circumvent the ungodly stranglehold on the mainstream media to tell what the real truth is.
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