“If You Love Me, Keep My Commandments”: A Meta-Analysis of the Effect of Religion on Crime

@article{Baier2001IfYL,
  title={“If You Love Me, Keep My Commandments”: A Meta-Analysis of the Effect of Religion on Crime},
  author={Colin J. Baier and Bradley R. E. Wright},
  journal={Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency},
  year={2001},
  volume={38},
  pages={21 - 3}
}
Do religious beliefs and behaviors deter criminal behavior? The existing evidence surrounding the effect of religion on crime is varied, contested, and inconclusive, and currently no persuasive answer exists as to the empirical relationship between religion and crime. In this article, the authors address this controversial issue with a meta-analysis of 60 previous studies based on two questions: (1) What is the direction and magnitude of the effect of religion on crime? (2) Why have previous… 

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