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Study: Belief in hell keeps crime rates down

(Christian Post) A University of Oregon psychologist has found that a country’s belief in heaven and hell is related to its crime rates, and that a belief in a punitive God equals less crime while a belief in a forgiving savior means more crime.

“It seems like there is a case to be made for the causal direction that religious punishment does actually lower unethical behavior, where as forgiveness does seem to license people,” Azim F. Shariff, professor of psychology and director of the Culture and Morality Lab at the University of Oregon, told KEZI 9 News.