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Crime

Submission + - Belief in Hell Predicts a Country's Crime Rates Better Than Other Factors-> 1

An anonymous reader writes: 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.

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Belief in Hell Predicts a Country's Crime Rates Better Than Other Factors

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