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More Religion, Less Crime? Science, Felonies, and the Three Faith Factors


John J. DiIulio


University of Pennsylvania

December 2009

Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Vol. 5, pp. 115-133, 2009

Abstract:     
In recent decades, as politicians and journalists have paid greater attention to religion, social scientists have too. Much attention has focused on religion in relation to various indices of social and civic well-being. There are now four different schools of thought, two academic and two popular, regarding the relationship between religion and crime. While much worthwhile scientific research has been done, religion remains a neglected variable in criminology and in criminal justice studies. The popular view that religion reduces crime is neither without empirical foundation nor without need for far more refined and intensive testing. This article offers a simple algorithm for future social science research on crime and religion in relation to three different faith factors, three different species of religious nonprofit organizations, three different categories of crime, and three different types of empirical research.

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Date posted: June 4, 2010  

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DiIulio, John J., More Religion, Less Crime? Science, Felonies, and the Three Faith Factors (December 2009). Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Vol. 5, pp. 115-133, 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1599996 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev.lawsocsci.093008.131603

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John J. DiIulio (Contact Author)
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States
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