Thursday, June 09, 2011

More God, Less Crime... the Website

In support of his new book, More God Less Crime, Byron Johnson, of Baylor, has put up a wonderful website about the relationship of religion and crime.

Years ago, an undergraduate student and I published a meta-analysis of this literature, and we found an overall negative correlation between religion on crime. (I.e., religious involvement and affiliation corresponded with less criminal behavior). I haven't done much in the area since, and clearly this book is the definitive statement on research on this area. (Also, it's a great book-support site).

Check it out.


corky said...

You say: "we found an overall negative effect of religion on crime." You found religion increases crime?

Brad Wright said...

I meant negative in a statistical sense not a moral sense. So, as religion goes up, crime goes down. Thanks for the question; I'll clarify it in the post.

K T Cat said...

Thanks for the tip! I just clicked on the website and am exploring it now.